How to secure printed data

How to secure printed data

When it comes to the security of printed data, most of us see the highest risk in unauthorized document viewing or removal. Just like there are ways to audit, manage and protect electronic documents, there are ways to manage printed documents, too. So, how can you protect your printed data…continue reading →
6 key changes the new EU’s General Data Protection Regulation brings

6 key changes the new EU’s General Data Protection Regulation brings

New data protection rules are soon coming into force all over the EU. Leaks of personal data will be much more transparent to affected individuals as well as to the general public. There will be increased fines for data breaches up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of a company. What else is the new Data Protection Regulation bringing?
Thin line between transparency and security

Thin line between transparency and security

When a company starts to think about information security and protecting their sensitive data, there is very often a fear that new controls and technologies will have a negative impact on company culture. This can especially be an issue when management and IT do not communicate these steps well. Good communication, on the other hand, can lead to the successful enhancement of internal security.
Everyone knows the 80-20 principle – except the data classification experts

Everyone knows the 80-20 principle – except the data classification experts

Vilfredo Pareto, the Italian scientist, would be rolling in his grave if he knew how data is treated in a typical data loss prevention (DLP) solution. The lion's share of data classification focuses on structured data such as credit card information or social security numbers. While important, this makes up only 20 percent of the total data pool. But unclassified data such as PDFs aren't any less worthy of protection. After all, it was Edward Snowden's NSA's presentations that have really piqued the public interest. Who is looking out for the real bane of data leaks? That hard working individual who takes additional files home but loses them on the return trip? DLP has lots to learn about Pareto's 80/20 principle. What's with this data classification fetish? Data classification is crucial to many DLP technologies, I just am not sure why. Classification does not always catch information in optical formats such as JPG and the drivers required for extracting text from various formats are limited. It also needs to be adjusted to the needs of …continue reading →