Preventing your data from loss or falling into the wrong hands should be a key part of your IT strategy … and day-to-day housekeeping. The consequences of such events can include breaches of confidentiality, non-compliance penalties, espionage, financial losses (to your business, employees and customers) and compromised reputation.
Theft, inadvertent loss or unauthorised replication of data on portable devices (such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and USB-connected devices).
Data being inappropriately emailed.
Data being inappropriately uploaded to a website, ftp site or cloud-based storage.
Data being inappropriately printed.
Data being removed from the company on a CD or DVD.
Illicit removal and potential use, passing on or sale of data by departing or corrupt employees or those bearing a grudge.
Protect your data
There are a number of methods that you can use to protect your data:
Conduct a risk analysis by reviewing the information stored on the company network, in the cloud and on individual devices, who has access to it and the consequences of its loss.
Establish document classification in order to identify categories of confidentiality.
Control who has access to what data by setting access levels.
Establish and enforce clear policies about what employees can do with confidential or business-critical data. Educate the workforce.
Educate staff on diligence about data access authorisation and email recipient and cc lists.
Ban or restrict the use of portable devices.
Disable USB ports by either electronic or physical means.