In today’s hybrid work reality, security teams are fighting a daily battle against data loss. Threat actors are doubling down on attacks targeting remote workers as increases in SaaS applications and traffic going to public cloud services make it harder to identify users and devices, apply policy-based security, and ensure secure access to applications and data.
Identify sensitive data across any connection, regardless of where the user or device is, what they are accessing, or where that resource is located. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is an integral part of this effort, enabling a data-centric approach to security designed to protect sensitive data across networks, clouds and users.
DLP technology identifies, monitors and protects data in use, data in motion, and data at rest. Through deep content inspection and contextual analysis of transactions, DLP solutions act as enforcers of data security policies, preventing the unauthorized use and transmission of sensitive information. DLP helps protect against mistakes that lead to data leaks and intentional misuse by insiders, as well as external attacks on your information infrastructure.
DLP helps you classify the data that is most important for your business and ensure that your security policies comply with regulatory requirements such as GDPR, PCI, HIPAA and SOX. Well-designed DLP simplifies and streamlines reporting, so you can meet compliance and auditing requirements.
Traditional DLP solutions can be costly, require a lot of customization, and have difficulty enforcing data protection policies in the cloud. Additionally, embedded solutions from cloud service providers (CSPs) protect just one channel or repository at a time, prompting investment in multiple products to ensure adequate security.
Next-generation cloud DLP offers a simpler, more comprehensive solution for safeguarding sensitive data on-premises and in the cloud. Cloud DLP reduces implementation complexity, unifies data policies and provides greater visibility to data once it is out of the corporate network, making it a better fit for distributed work environments.
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) brings together networking and security, delivering both to the source of connections as a single cloud service. SASE architecture enhances network performance and ensures security for users who access corporate data and applications—no matter where the users are located. Software-defined wide areas networking (SD-WAN) is combined with security services such as cloud DLP, secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), next-generation firewall (NGFW), zero trust network access (ZTNA) and more.
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When you implement SASE, DLP becomes one part of a comprehensive cloud-delivered solution focused on your data—wherever it lives or moves. By integrating DLP with complementary services within a SASE framework, it is embedded into your current control points, and you will not need to deploy, manage or maintain separate solutions. You can inspect content at the secure access service edge without backhauling traffic bound for SaaS, IaaS or the Internet to a centralized data center. This allows your security team to detect sensitive data movement and consistently apply data protection policies closer to the resources being accessed, while eliminating unnecessary latency. It also allows them to quickly remediate exposed data at the point of creation or use through inline and API-based controls.
Successfully addressing data loss with SASE requires careful planning, including the development of clear and achievable goals and the establishment of expectations among executives and business unit leaders. While there are numerous considerations, it is important not to overlook the following best practices:
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Cybercriminals are ramping up attacks in pursuit of payouts, and disconnected point solutions can’t keep up. The number of data records exposed in 2020 skyrocketed to 37 billion—a 141% increase compared to 2019. Integrating key technologies such as DLP in an efficient, as-a-service model reduces operational complexity and provides a solid foundation for cyber defense as your business continues to evolve. Adopting a SASE framework can help you address data loss now, and in the future by identifying sensitive data across any connection and applying security where and when you need It.