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DLP in Two Minutes

Most people have sent an email and right after clicking the send button have realized, “Uh oh, that was not the intended recipient.” Did you know that is unintentional data loss? Usually, this type of accidental data loss isn’t a big deal, but if valuable information were to get into the wrong hands the result could be catastrophic for your company.

In order to understand Data Loss Prevention, it is important to have a clear understanding of data loss, and while it may seem like a rather simple concept, the simplicity is what makes it so frightening. Any time data is set into motion – accessed in an unconventional way, forwarded to a co-worker, sent to a printer, etc. – its security is put at risk. In fact, 3 out of 5 organizations have experienced a data loss or theft event. So, when you think about how often you send something to a coworker, or access your work via your home computer or mobile device, the likelihood of data loss becomes pretty significant.

More often than not, data loss is unintentional.  Fortunately, WatchGuard strives to ensure that your company’s corporate data is safe and secure through advanced Data Loss Prevention technologies.

Data Loss Prevention is a security term that refers to a solution that identifies, monitors, and protects sensitive data to detect and prevent the unauthorized use and transmission of confidential information.

Data Loss Prevention is:

§ A business tool that requires a comprehensive strategy

§ Technology that inspects sensitive content, and audits and enforces content use policies

Data Loss Prevention can be used for:

§ Regulatory due diligence

§ Intellectual property protection

§ Accidental data loss

§ Data theft

1. The insider who acts with malicious intent: This is typically someone with administrator rights or privileges to access sensitive information or data — aka a trusted employee with normal access rights to confidential data.. What happens if this employee decides to leave and joins a competitor, or simply tries to trade this information for cash?

2. The non-malicious insider who violates policy or leak data without necessarily seeking to do so: For every malicious insider, there are dozens to hundreds of employees who are simply trying to get their work done. In the process, they perform all sorts of unwitting policy violations that put your company’s confidential data at risk.

The WatchGuard 2 minute DLP will show you just how easy it is to implement data loss prevention into your business network.  Two minutes with WatchGuard DLP can mean the difference between “oops, I didn’t mean to send that,” to front-page, headline news.

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