What is enterprise data?
Enterprise data describes the data shared by the employees of an organization, e.g. across departments and geographic regions. Protecting it is crucial for enterprises, since data loss can lead to serious financial losses.
What is enterprise data protection?
Data is one of the key elements for effective decision-making and a driving force for organizations, so this data has to be safeguarded accordingly. The process of delivering, managing, and monitoring security across all data points within an organization is referred to as enterprise data protection.
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Why is data security important for companies?
Organizations store many types of data – customer data, personnel files, financial transactions, product information, just to name a few. This data is a big part of what a modern enterprise is based on – it is used for decision making, business growth, and much more. A successful cyberattack can result in serious implications, such as financial loss, data loss, reputational damage amongst others, so data security is of great importance and must be a top priority when it comes to enterprise cybersecurity.
Enterprise data protection requires strong data leak prevention
Data leaks, whether they're malicious or not, are a serious threat to enterprise data protection. Sensitive information like financials, future business plans, intellectual property and personally identifiable data that is subject to data privacy regulations must all be protected by the highest levels of data security. Since email is one of the most common sources of data leaks, your enterprise data protection solutions must include tools to identify and block potential leaks in outbound email.
For highly effective enterprise data protection, Mimecast provides a cloud-based subscription service with data protection solutions for stopping data leaks and protecting email from a wide variety of sophisticated threats.
Ensure enterprise data protection with Mimecast
Mimecast's all-in-one service for email security, archiving and continuity helps to protect email and keep it safe and available for business use. Built on a highly scalable cloud platform, Mimecast's technology helps to reduce the cost and complexity of managing email and mitigating risk.
Mimecast enterprise data protection solutions include Mimecast Content Control and DLP, a powerful content-filtering tool for maintaining control of information leaving the organization. This enterprise data protection service scans email content and attachments to detect, encrypt or block sending of sensitive information. Using managed dictionaries and fuzzy hash document fingerprinting, Mimecast identifies and blocks email messages that may contain a potential leak.
With Mimecast's data leak prevention solution, you can:
- Detect the presence of sensitive data in email, including customer lists, codenames, and personally identifiable information.
- Convert documents to shareable formats like PDF and ODF, while removing document metadata like comments or tracked changes.
- Add policy-based content to outbound emails such as signatures, legal notices and branding.
- Encrypt email with best-effort and policy-forced TLS usage.
Additional Mimecast solutions for enterprise data protection
In addition to data leak prevention, Mimecast's enterprise data protection includes powerful multipurpose archiving services to replicate email in the cloud and protect it from loss and corruption. Mimecast's archiving tools also provide the enterprise data protection and management tools needed to respond to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and to ensure GDPR compliance.
Mimecast email security services protect email from a variety of threats. A suite of Targeted Threat Protection services defend email against sophisticated attacks like spear-phishing, ransomware and impersonation fraud, as well as viruses, malware and spam. Mimecast's Secure Messaging service enables users to share sensitive information easily without requiring knowledge of complex access keys or encryption methods. And Mimecast Large File Send provides an easy way to send large attachments – up to 2 GB in size – directly from a user's mailbox, rather than resorting to consumer-grade file sharing services that may compromise corporate security.
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Enterprise Data Protection FAQs
What are the different types of data security?
Some common types of data security include:
What are the data security challenges that enterprises face?
Enterprises are faced with many types of challenges when it comes to data security:
- Accidental exposure
- Phishing and other social engineering attacks
- Insider threats
- Keeping up with the ever-evolving threat landscape
- Keeping up with legal and compliance regulations
What are some data protection best practices for small businesses enterprises?
Best practices for protecting data can vary by organization based on its industry, size, and specific operations, but there are some standard best practices that every organization should follow. Be sure to round out these basic best practices with specific additional and more detailed best practices required for your individual organization.
- Document your cybersecurity policies
- Identify and classify sensitive data
- Implement a risk-based approach to security
- Implement data usage policies
- Monitor access to sensitive data
- Regularly train employees
- Safeguard data physically
- Use endpoint and email security systems
- Use multi-factor authentication
What are some of the features to consider while choosing data protection solutions for enterprises?
As with data protection best practices, the features that organizations should look for in data protection solutions should be specific to their own organization and its operations, but there are some standard and very important features that all organizations should seek out in their data protection solutions. Data protection solutions should easily and consistently detect and protect from:
- Malicious attachments
- Spear-phishing and other advanced threats
- Viruses, spam and malware