As part of our series on data loss protection we’ve covered how information organization can boost DLP, and how access control can help keep your data safe. Today we’ll be building on what we already know about DLP best practices and dive into endpoint security. Let’s get started!
Endpoint security refers to the process of securing all devices that have access to classified company information. Whether it’s computers, mobile phones, tablets, or smart devices, every piece of technology that can access company data, as well as crucial data centers like servers and cloud storage, need to be protected. Endpoint DLP is responsible for ensuring all data in use, in motion and at rest on any devices that can access an organization’s sensitive information. Here’s a breakdown of what we mean by data in various stages:
Data in Use: Data in use is information that’s being actively accessed, modified, or processed.
Data in use is in a non-persistent state, and can usually be found in the random-access memory of a computer.
Data in Motion: Data in motion is data that is currently moving around an authorized device or network. One example would be an attachment to an email moving across an organization’s infrastructure. Unsecured endpoints can lead to data leakage when the data in motion comes to rest on a device.
Data at Rest: Data at rest is simply data that is not being moved or used. Data at rest can be found stored on machines and is not currently being manipulated.
In order to secure employee endpoints organizations need to deploy effective solutions to protect their sensitive data. In addition, following data security best practices is a crucial component of ensuring your employees are working to secure their own endpoints! Common sense and vigilance is key when it comes to keeping endpoints safe, like using lock screens and not leaving devices unattended. Employee awareness is a key component of any endpoint security strategy.
In terms of solutions, implementing a tool that helps protect endpoint devices is often useful for larger organizations. Endpoint security solutions often contain features including:
Multifactor Authentication: Multifactor, or 2 factor, authentication makes sure only authorized users are allowed to access endpoint devices by necessitating a second piece of login information from another device. Without control of both devices it’s impossible to log onto one. For example, if an employee’s phone was stolen and the thief was able to hack their passcode they would still be unable to enter the device without a code generated on the employee’s PC.
DLP Tools: Depending on the solution, endpoint management softwares will often have security in place to prevent data theft or leakage. Examples include screen-sharing protection, copy/paste prevention, and more.
Auditable Capabilities: Being able to understand what went wrong in the case of a breach or data leakage is a key part of preventing future incidents, and that makes auditable records of all data movement extremely valuable. Reviewing how the solution failed makes preparing for the next situation more effective.
Having a well-established, robust access control system is a key component of protecting data from theft, misuse, or exfiltration. By choosing the right model of access control, inserting the right protections, developing strong authorization and authentication policies, and creating expansive auditing capabilities you can make any network infrastructure even safer. Having the right systems in place to strengthen your organization’s digital footprint in its weakest areas makes data loss less likely. Speaking of data loss…
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