Secure Islands Technologies Reveals Five Simple Facts About Hardening Corporate Data

"“The first step for any information protection initiative is to classify the data. Accurate classification is critical to the success of any implementation"

Online PR News – 19-May-2015 – New York, NY – No doubt that this Digital Age has enhanced all facets of both private and business pursuits. Along with the good is always the bad. The bad takes the form of Data Breaches through outside Hackers or from the inside via employee permitted data theft. These days the News is full of reports of such mega data-breaches. It’s easy to catch everyone’s attention with reports of 5-Million Google accounts being hacked, or 7-Million DropBox accounts hacked. Hacking has become quite organized, with countries like North Korea employing at least 6,000 cyber attack specialists. In the Blackhat world of cyber-crime, there is actually a network of “Hackers For Hire”. This is no joke when important data has been compromised.

Secure Islands Technologies has stepped-up to the challenge of providing Data Security Solutions. A very poignant statement was made by a company spokesperson, “Until we shift our focus from hardening the network to hardening the data, high-profile data losses will remain in the headlines. The first step for any information protection initiative is to classify your data. Getting this up-front part done right is more than half the battle, and here are some best practices that can streamline the process.”

Classify and Protect Selectively:

The vast amount of data in most organizations is usually classified as low security. Other levels will require the creation of clear policies which will make it easy for the organization to determine which data warrants protection and why.

Limit The Role of End-Users:

From the outset, there has been too much accountability on end-users to classify their data before they sent it out. User intervention is not required to classify data by content, location, users, and metadata.

Classify/Protect Close The Data Source:

Classifying and/or protecting the data before it travels anywhere ensures that the data does not get “tainted” or in any way altered, minimizing the chance of misclassification.

Do Not Over Protect:

A general guideline is that organizations should encrypt about 20% of their data. If you are protecting 80% of your data, then your policies are off.

Don’t Skimp On Up-Front Planning:

The only upside to all of the data breaches is the fact that data security is on everybody’s mind. It is a great time to align data security with other business functions, in particular legal and compliance, which often fund Information Protection projects.

Reliable data classification is key for any data protection strategy, and Secure Islands Technology has the proven solutions that redefine traditional classification paradigms by adaptively, accurately, and persistently classifying unstructured data from the moment of creation or first access.

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