What is Data Loss Prevention (DLP)?
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is key for any organization that has sensitive data. DLP is a set of tools and processes that help ensure that sensitive data is not misused, accessed by unauthorized individuals, or lost. Many organizations are required to implement DLP services to meet industry standards for several compliance requirements such as HIPAA, CMMC 2.0, PCI-DSS, and more. In addition to meeting compliance, the benefits of implementing DLP services are to prevent end-users from misusing data and to meet compliance standards and monitor data movements. Using DLP Services ensures continuous monitoring of DLP deployment and integration.
Common Use Cases for DLP Services
Compliance is one of the most common use cases for implementing DLP. If your organization stores payment card information, personal health information, or personal identifiable information, you are likely subject to compliance regulations such as HIPAA or PCI DSS, among others. DLP will monitor and identify the data surrounding sensitive information to prevent data loss or misuse.
DLP Services are also used to protect intellectual property. Most organizations will have data that, if leaked, will harm a company’s financial health or reputation. DLP will protect both structured and unstructured data on intellectual property to minimize unwanted loss or exfiltration of this data.
Visibility is a common goal for security-conscious organizations. Many comprehensive DLP solutions will help you keep track of data on networks, endpoints, and in the cloud.
What is Driving Increased DLP Adoption?
Executives are emphasizing effective data protection. With the increased frequency of data breaches and the high cost associated with a data breach, executives understand that effective cybersecurity is business-critical. DLP Services show good business value, providing reporting capabilities and visibility to sensitive data.
Compliance mandates are becoming more frequent and specific. In 2021, CMMC 2.0 was announced, providing an even stronger standard of security for government contractors. Several industries continue to strengthen their existing security standards to call for a zero-trust framework. DLP Services can be a key tool towards enforcing zero-trust and meeting compliance standards.
DLP Adoption continues to grow because the amount of sensitive data that organizations have online is increasing. With the ongoing digital transformation, the amount of sensitive data stored online, and in the cloud will only continue to grow. While your organization puts more of its data online, the incentive for hackers to steal sensitive data increases too. Hackers can make huge profits selling your data on the dark web, making data theft a profitable business. Investing in DLP Services and other effective cybersecurity practices can minimize the chance of important data being stolen.
DLP and CASB
Many DLP solutions will not extend to the cloud automatically. For organizations that are migrating data to the cloud, they must take measures to ensure that the data in the cloud is being protected by the same policies as they were when they were on-premise. Our services team at Aurora can effectively integrate Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) with DLP to extend DLP policies into the cloud. A CASB will monitor traffic moving in and out of the cloud and extend DLP policies to that data. To learn more about our CASB and DLP Services, click here.
Our DLP Services Offering
Aurora has experts in DLP services on staff that can help implement, monitor, and troubleshoot DLP solutions. The team will first define what data is sensitive and classify which level of sensitivity it will fall into. They will monitor the data at rest and data in motion and will gain visibility into how it is moving and what controls are currently in place. Most security-conscious organizations will already have some type of DLP solution in place. We will assess how your current DLP is working and identify areas of improvement. This will also involve assessing your organization’s business practices. For example, if employees are sending sensitive data to their personal email account, controls will have to be tightened. The goal of implementing DLP services is that the exfiltration of sensitive data will be detected and blocked before causing harm to the organization.
We have strong partnerships with many key Data Loss Prevention providers and can help provide DLP Services using those solutions. To learn more about what DLP Services and Solutions we offer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or view our solution line card here.