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Endpoint Data Protection

Cover for Endpoint Data Protection

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By: Nigel Stanley

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The ever-increasing innovation of electronic device manufacturers has
provided businesses and consumers with many exciting ways of enjoying their
recreation time and has provided flexible ways of collecting and distributing
data for organisations.

With this flexibility comes a huge security problem as companies realise that
their corporate data can be downloaded and removed from their control within
seconds. The improved efficiency of these devices has created a nemesis for
the IT security professional who now has to contend with multiple, often
unknown, escape routes for company data.

The only effective way of dealing with this problem in anything other than
the smallest of organisations is to implement an endpoint data protection
strategy. This needs to comprise the following:

  • Education, so that users understand the issues of data loss and how it
    can affect their organisation and, possibly, their job
  • Processes that support endpoint data protection including IT security
    policies and work tasks that minimise the chances of data being mismanaged
  • Technologies that create robust barriers that defend corporate data
    whilst not becoming an obstruction to people doing their jobs

The majority of data loss incidents arise from end user errors rather than
deliberate attempts to steal information. Whilst it is accepted that
deliberate, targeted data theft is almost impossible to eradicate almost all
accidental losses can be mitigated. This can be achieved by putting in place
a sensible, well thought out strategy alongside education and technology, the
result of which is an organisation that can hugely increase their endpoint
protection.

By failing to secure its endpoints an organisation and its executives could
be subjected to reputational damage as well as legal actions.

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