Data loss prevention enhanced through content tools

In an effort to ensure compliance with data loss prevention guidelines, firms are turning to content inspection and discovery tools for assistance.

IT security company Safend has extended its range of data security services by adding the new content tools to its data protection suite. The suite contains various other security measures, including a comprehensive encryption program and an endpoint control tool.

The content inspection tool is essentially a filtering service that allows for administrative alerts to be issued whenever important data is being transported via inappropriate means. The parameters can of course be altered to the client’s wishes, but might include the issue of warnings if data is being transferred onto a USB memory stick, via an email or indeed being printed out.

The second tool allows for firms to identify the areas in which their current data loss prevention schemes are inadequate or flawed, as well as being able to classify the data and rank it based upon its relative importance and risk potential.

Safend’s Edy Almer explained that with increased pressure on UK businesses, compliance with the legal regulations which govern data protection is becoming ever more important. As such, a serious level of thought and investment is being devoted to dealing with security risks and potential data loss.

Mr Almer also indicated that the benefits of data security augmentations would take upwards of a year to become visible and that regulations were changing so swiftly that maintaining compliance over an extended period could be difficult. These content tools are aimed at helping small and medium enterprises to cope with the demands of the regulators and ideally the effects can become obvious almost instantaneously.

The tools are aimed at monitoring the transference of data both internally and externally within an organisation or group. As such it should be possible to ensure that data held securely in a segregated internal location cannot transferred out to other areas within the organisation, or indeed elsewhere for external use, without being flagged by the tools.

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