Key Strategies for Data Loss Prevention in Organizations

Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, August 11, 2022

Increase in automation and artificial intelligence lead to securing the data and avoiding the risk of elimination of data. 

FREMONT, CA: Data loss prevention (DLP) is an important part of any organization; regardless of size or industry, it is essential. A company's data is a crucial part of its day-to-day activities to track all the information. Several strategic processes and tools are available to businesses to ensure they can prevent their data from being lost, mishandled, or accessed by someone who shouldn't be able to access it. It is essential to note that a DLP policy, whether the goal of the policy is to protect customer data, intellectual property, or corporate data, should be crafted and implemented with great care. 

Assign user roles

Data loss prevention begins with clearly defining roles and responsibilities for everyone within the organization. Many things are involved in DLP strategies, but one of the best practices is identifying who is in the company hierarchy and their responsibilities. The process of creating, revising, and implementing policy must be identified. Keeping data separate from the rest of the network provides tighter control over who can access it. To prevent a data breach, users should only have access to the information they need to perform their jobs–no more, no less. Consequently, if an account is hacked or compromised, it will be easier to pinpoint what data is at risk. 

Organize data

Increasingly data-driven organizations will have more sensitive and valuable data than others. The most important thing is that all data about any aspect of the organization should be incorporated into this process. It ensures not to miss any blind spots by getting a bird's eye view of all data entering and leaving systems. Organize all the data identified according to its relative importance once it is scanned organization top to bottom and side to side. Data protection efforts should prioritize protecting sensitive data over non-sensitive data. Differentiating sensitive data from non-sensitive data entails different treatments. 

Backup strategy

Security professionals know backups are crucial. Without them, lost data would be gone for good, and businesses would be left struggling. The quality of backups will determine how much of the impact of a security incident can be minimized. Insufficient backups can leave gaps in data. Backups should be performed daily, but at least once a week is recommended. It is worth it to back up data daily so that organizations won't have to worry about future disaster's impact. The best course of action is usually on the safe side rather than the sorry side.