Regardless of job titles, and to a greater or lesser extent, employees are responsible for protecting the information of the company on whose behalf they work.
Data leaks are one of the main problems faced by today’s technology users. Although they’re imperceptible in most cases, they can pose a major threat to the privacy of customers’, organizations’, and even employees’ sensitive information.
Even if data leaks go undetected, it doesn’t mean they don’t occur. That’s why it’s necessary for companies to identify both internal and external risk factors and draw up a strategy based thereon, especially when considering that data losses are inadvertently caused, more often than not, by the lack of comprehensive security policies or guidelines.
A research conducted by Deloitte found that the main consequences of data leaks are:
- Identity theft
- Disclosure of privileged information
- Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks
- Privilege escalation
- Operational disruptions
This kind of threats can be found inside and outside of organizations.
Therefore, the first course of action required to avoid them is analyzing in-house procedures, including the management and classification of databases, as well as the access levels of the users involved therein. Assessing potential risks in the short, medium, and long-run is equally important.
Data Classification and Protection
Information security experts advise companies to keep a detailed record of their data assets (like personal and proprietary data, business plans, customer portfolios, trademark formats, etc.) in order to control all the pieces of information processed by each area and set forth classification and protection criteria along with compliance requirements for data management (i.e. collection, use, dissemination, and storage).
It’s only after studying and classifying data assets and security threats that companies can devise appropriate protection plans and choose tools accordingly.
Last but not least, since data leaks can happen through different channels, experts recommend instructing workforces in the best practices for managing data. No matter their rank, anyone from directors or managers to subordinates must adhere to such standards.
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