Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn

August 2018


What is Data Loss Prevention?

Welcome to the inaugural post on the new DocAuthority blog. We’ll be bringing you insight, advice and best practice on how to discover and protect your sensitive documents from our team of security and risk analysis experts. We’ll kick things off by bringing you an overview Data Loss Prevention.

As the world becomes increasingly digital, and with businesses creating and storing more data than ever, it should come as no surprise that they are struggling to protect their most prized asset.

Data loss prevention (DLP) offers a solution to this, helping enterprises to identify sensitive or confidential data, then prevent it from being accessed by unauthorized users or shared outside the organization. DLP software classifies and tracks this critical data, helping the enterprise to identify violations of corporate policies and comply with regulatory compliances such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and PCI-DSS.

Businesses now store their most sensitive data on a variety of devices and systems across the enterprise, from physical servers and in the cloud through to databases and file servers, as well as computers, mobile devices and flash drives. DLP software helps network administrators prevent end users from accidentally or maliciously sharing data from these locations across the organization.

It actively monitors and controls activity across the enterprise network, including data at rest, in motion and in use, providing vital information that helps businesses meet their compliance obligations and understand areas of weakness in their defences. Using this, enterprises can enhance their ability to respond to potential security threats, navigate the choppy waters of regulatory compliance, improve productivity and significantly reduce the costs of data storage.

The DLP driver

The DLP industry is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 16% to more than $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Research and Markets. This sharp increase in spending is largely being driven by the ever-growing trend of huge data breaches, plus a rapid rise in insider threats – malicious end users deliberately passing confidential information outside the business.

These two drivers coincide with the adoption of stricter data protection and privacy laws that are forcing the hand of enterprises to take responsibility for data security and hygiene.

This demands a new approach to document security. DocAuthority’s unique AI-powered technology automatically identifies sensitive documents, enabling enterprises to fully protect all their high-risk documents without impacting on business processes. We have over 15 years’ experience in document risk analysis led by people who brought the first DLP solution to the market.

To find out more about how we can help you prevent data breaches and leaks and put in place a solid strategy to avoid data loss visit www.docauthority.com.

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About Mike Quinn

Mike is a full stack technology marketer with international enterprise and consumer experience in hardware and software products and solutions. Recently focused on digital, mobile and behavioural targeted marketing but with a strong background in humungous data, information and the networking and security of it, Mike is just as happy in a hectic startup environment as he is within a medium to large organisation. Get in touch with Mike on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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