Understanding Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and how to protect your corporate data.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a set of practices designed to secure confidential business data as well as detect and head off data loss resulting from breaches and malicious attacks. Most of these practices focus on email, which is the primary source of data leaks and loss.
Data loss due to malicious or inadvertent leaks can be a serious problem for organizations today. Whether it's intellectual property, customer data or sensitive financial information, data loss can have negative impacts on customer relationships, business competitiveness, corporate reputation and your bottom line.
Email is one of the most prevalent sources of data loss and leaks. From an email accidentally addressed to the wrong person to messages sent surreptitiously with sensitive attachments, email represents one of the most vulnerable parts of your security efforts to keep data and proprietary information protected. That's why so many companies around the world are turning to data loss prevention technology from Mimecast to protect their most valuable information assets.
The main use cases to prevent data loss prevention include:
Data Loss Prevention comprises four key elements:
These elements are best practiced if they are:
Data loss prevention (DLP) is a top concern for any organization where sensitive and business-critical information is stored in digital format. Whether its customer data, intellectual property, future business plans or financial information, it’s far too easy for this information to be purposely or accidentally leaked via email. Data leakage can have serious financial and legal ramifications and cause significant losses in customer confidence and corporate reputation.
While data loss prevention technology exists, most solutions are difficult to implement and manage, requiring a disproportionate amount of time from overburdened IT administrators. Some solutions also harm productivity by introducing controls that make it difficult for employees to quickly access the data they need to do their jobs. A superior data loss prevention strategy must not allow the cost of prevention to outweigh the benefits and, in the event of a leak, must also provide tamper-proof evidence for disciplinary action and legal proceedings.
When selecting a data loss prevention solution, a growing number of organizations worldwide are turning to DLP security technology from Mimecast.
Mimecast offers a leading data loss prevention solution in Mimecast Content Control and Data Leak Prevention. Using flexible policies based on keywords, pattern matching, dictionaries and file hashes, Mimecast’s service scans all outbound and inbound email to identify and block potential leaks.
With Mimecast, data loss prevention can be easily managed from a single web-based console where universal and granular policies can be applied in real-time. Mimecast Content Control and Data Leak Prevention can apply security policies consistently to all email traffic.
Because any part of an email may contain sensitive information, Mimecast examines the subject lines, headers, HTML, body text and attachments, searching for defined words in text patterns along with inappropriate images.
When a DLP policy identifies a suspected leak, Mimecast offers a range of possible actions including holding it for review, blocking the email, copying the email to a group, adding content, or delivering the email through secure channels.
Mimecast’s data breach prevention solution enables organizations to:
When you choose to prevent data loss with Mimecast's data leak prevention software, you can:
Learn more about combatting data loss with Mimecast, and about why customers consider Mimecast the most secure email provider.
Data loss prevention is important to any organization that stores sensitive and business-critical information in digital format. In other words, just about every organization.
Whether customer data, intellectual property, future business plans, or financial information, it’s far too easy for purposeful or accidental data loss to occur. Such loss can have serious financial and legal ramifications and cause significant losses in customer confidence and corporate reputation.
Data loss is simply that — lost. Examples include failing to perform a backup or misplacing a laptop. Data can also be stolen through cyberattacks.
Data leakage is the unauthorized disclosure of intellectual property, company or customer data, personal and other sensitive data that isn’t intended for public dissemination. Data leakage usually occurs via web or email communications, but can also occur through lost laptops, optical media, mobile devices, and USB keys.
A data loss prevention system must not allow the cost of prevention to outweigh the benefits and, in the event of a leak, must also provide tamper-proof evidence for disciplinary action and legal proceedings.
It is best managed from a single web-based console where universal and granular policies for email and general system security are applied in real-time and continually updated in response to evolving threats.