Protecting Vital Information

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on April 23, 2009

What is the right balance between protecting your company’s information and keeping your employees productive and engaged? To do their jobs better, employees want to use mobile devices, Web applications, and convenient storage devices—just to name a few. All these technologies are creating more opportunities for data to be lost, stolen, or misused.

So how do you go about protecting your data? Here are some suggestions:

• Analyze where your most critical and sensitive data resides and who as access to it.

• Ensure your network and systems are correctly configured to allow or restrict data access based on true business need.

• Enforce encryption when data is copied to removable devices and media.

• Define and enforce security policies with global, user, and/or machine-specific rules.

• Provide a detailed audit trail of all application execution and device usage attempts.

In the U.S. alone, more than 250 million personal records have been exposed by security breaches. With the annual loss of intellectual property estimated at more than $200 billion, understanding how to protect your vital information is necessary.

Don Leatham
Senior Director of Solutions and Strategy
Lumension
Scottsdale, Ariz.

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