Data Loss Prevention

Businesses all over the world hold some kind of important data that needs to be secured. Whether it is information about customers, employees, stockholders, the board of directors, business partners or something else, this sensitive data needs to be protected or there could be serious consequences. A company’s financial reputation could be ruined very quickly by a breach of this nature. An important part of any IT department strategy needs to be some type of data loss prevention.

Understanding what your risks are is good starting point when devising a plan to prevent data loss. In the world today with the technological skills and abilities of people getting better all the time, hackers and thieves are always finding new ways to get a hold of your valued information. Finding ways to prevent this from happening are of vital importance.

One way to help with this is to have a strong firewall on your system. The firewall can prevent people from outside of your network from infiltrating and accessing your files and data. Most firewalls allow you to set particular rules for it so that certain file types are allowed in and out and certain ports can be always blocked to prevent access.

Encryption is another way to help with this. Software encryption can be installed on the system to prevent someone from accessing a laptop or network. The data itself is encrypted, so that if someone stole your laptop and tried to access your file with another username and password, the data itself will become locked so that no information can be accessed at all, rendering the hard drive useless.

Sometimes data loss can occur from a simple disruption of power or a hard drive crash. This can cause the loss of all the data available on the drive itself. The best way to prevent this is to have regular backups conducted of your computer or of the entire system so there is always a point that can be rolled back to in the event of a catastrophe.

Backing up data to an external drive or to a cloud system is another way people are protecting their information. A backup can be scheduled to run daily so that everything stays current and you can have everything automatically copied to a cloud system. This not only keeps a copy of your information for you but it also keeps it in a place that is offsite, which can be essential if a fire or some other natural event occurs that destroys your facility. This way you will still have a rollback point for your work or business when you are ready to start up again.

Data loss prevention is a key component that needs to be considered in any disaster recovery plan or IT strategy when trying to prevent data leakage. Securing your information and your network can make a big difference in your system and its survival through any attempts to hack your computers. Protecting all the information your business has is one of the most important elements of your business.

Quick policy configuration
A built-in library of over 200 rules allows IT to quickly create and update corporate DLP policies. Rules cover personally identifiable information, financial and healthcare data, and more.
Automatic protection
All data in motion transmitted via email, web, or FTP is automatically scanned against your rule set.
Broad coverage
Watch Guard DLP can parse data from more than 30 file types including Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint, and PDFs.
Compliance made easy
Built-in sensors are included for PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance mandates.
Continually updated
Rule sets are updated monthly to stay current with data definitions and compliance mandates around the world.
Internal controls
Maintain the flow of vital business communication with multiple remediation options. You can choose to block or log flagged transmissions, or quarantine them for review.
of Management
Use the same intuitive console for WatchGuard DLP as you do for any other services running on your WatchGuard UTM platform.

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