Modern business is dependent on the protection of data. In fact, many IT professionals believe that ensuring security protocols are followed is a priority that cannot be ignored. Implementing the correct solution to secure data in the enterprise can be a difficult task due to the sheer volume and variety of data that companies have to manage.
The challenge is immense no matter if the data is in motion or at rest. The world has evolved from a time where all data was tethered to physical devices and locations under the control of an organization. Enterprise data can now be located on user devices or in multiple cloud environments, such as on the personal computer of an employee.
Remote work has opened up more possibilities for cyberattacks and leaks. Employees who are required to jump through hoops to access critical systems are more likely to find ways to bypass them. This could include saving engineering photos to their personal email accounts or copying and pasting product info into tweets.
To stop these threats, a layered approach to data security is necessary. A comprehensive strategy may include access control, encryption backup and disaster recovery, DLP and IDPS as well as employee education. It is also essential to be aware of, detect and respond quickly to any breaches. This includes enforcing an Zero Trust model where users, devices, and network traffic are vetted prior to granting access to trusted resources. This can stop an infection at one site from spreading further across the enterprise.