Data Exfiltration: Stop Breaches Before They Happen w/ Data Protection

By on Mar 09, 2016

This blog was written by David Bull, McAfee’s former Director, Enterprise Solution Marketing.

Now, we’ve arrived at the moment you’ve all been waiting for—the seventh and final blog post in our series. You’ve already absorbed a great deal many facts, figures, and truths about the who, what, where, why, and how of data exfiltration. Are you ready for the big reveal? In this blog, we’ll talk actions you can take to prevent it.

Join the Zero-Exfiltration Club
We’re all savvy enough to know that “silver bullet” security solutions simply don’t exist. So what’s the answer? Let’s start with data loss prevention (DLP). According to our primary research, 70% of the security professionals we interviewed said that data loss prevention (DLP) technologies could have prevented data exfiltration incidents at their organizations.

If you already have DLP, make sure you turn it on! And make sure your solution isn’t confined only to monitoring, but also can take preventative action. Don’t let your organization become another data breach statistic just because you haven’t tapped into a valuable resource that you already own or because you haven’t made the right DLP choice.

One of the best formulas for minimizing exfiltration is a combination of DLP, encryption, and intrusion prevention systems. We found that this layered approach was most effective at data breach discovery and prevention. So be bold. Shed your Captain Hindsight cape and drop “coulda-woulda-shoulda” from your vocabulary.

The DLP of Your Dreams
Okay, so maybe you don’t have a DLP solution at all, or your current DLP solution isn’t cutting it. We won’t hold it against you—and we hope your CISO won’t either. It’s a new year. Dream big, and deploy a DLP solution that covers all the bases. Trust me, such a solution does exist—and here are some of the things it can do:

  • Protects data at rest, in use, and in motion—everywhere—on endpoints, on networks, on storage systems, at home, and on the road.
  • Provides visibility on how data is used and by whom and how it’s been leaked.
  • Helps you find your data, classify it, and prioritize it so you can automate scanning and remediation.
  • Enforces policies for data coming and going to help you ensure compliance with privacy regulations—even with data moving to and from cloud applications.
  • Scans network traffic all the time in real time and helps you discover unknown risks.
  • Offers centralized monitoring and reporting.
  • Deploys quickly and easily, since time is of the essence.

Now, repeat after me, “I resolve to stop data exfiltration now. I will do everything in my power to do so and will engage the help of a security vendor I know and trust.” I’m done. You know what to do and who to talk to.

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