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Safetica Product Introduction Video

In this video, discover Safetica: the security solution for data loss prevention and insider risk management, avaialable on-premises and in the cloud.

How to Create a DLP policy in your organization

In this article, we'll cut through the jargon and get straight to the heart of DLP policies for mid-size businesses and offer practical steps to guide you through the process of crafting and implementing your own policy.

7 Insider Risk Management Strategies for a Mid-Size Enterprise

In this guide, we're breaking down insider risk management specifically for SMBs, giving you practical strategies and actionable tips that’ll help sooth your concerns.

What is Data Discovery? And what are its methods?

In this article, we'll navigate through data discovery methods, phases, and best practices, shedding light on its transformative power so that you can set your business up for success.

What is Sensitive Data and How Companies Can Protect It

In this thorough guide, we shed light on the fundamental concepts of sensitive and personal data, offering practical insights and actionable advice.

Safetica Launches Unified Product to Protect Enterprise Data from Misuse and Loss

New Safetica product combines DLP and Insider Risk Management to protect data across the enterprise, endpoint devices and the cloud.

Coofinep boosts their data security with Safetica

Financial cooperatives face constant challenges in protecting their customers' sensitive information and maintaining the integrity of their operations. We would like to share how Coofinep tackled its internal security challenges with Safetica.

SAMA’s Cyber Security Framework: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) has introduced a Cyber Security Framework designed to fortify the nation's financial systems and critical industries against cyber threats. Throughout this guide, we'll explore the key components, while also providing tips and insights on how to achieve compliance with its requirements.

Safetica’s Data Protection Predictions for 2024

We've gathered some trends and predictions for the following year. From the rise of cloud-based solutions to the looming threats posed by generative AI, our experts have unveiled the trends and challenges awaiting us in 2024.

Safetica Earns 17 New Badges in the G2 2024 Spring Awards

We have proudly acquired a total of 17 new badges in the G2 2024 Spring Awards, a testament to our dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction.

Top Data Loss Prevention Software in 2024

Leading DLP software options available, equipping businesses with the necessary defenses to secure their data

Elliptic: Enhancing Data Security with DLP Solution for Blockchain Analytics

Elliptic specializes in blockchain analytics for financial crime compliance. To address their challenges, Safetica conducted a thorough Data Security Audit and implemented our DLP solution.

Cloud Data Security: Definitions, Risks, and 7 Best Practices for Cloud Data Protection

Storing data in the cloud offers unparalleled flexibility and scalability. But with great power comes great responsibility, and that's where a cloud data protection comes into play.

Meet Karen Mimieux as our new Chief Sales Officer at Safetica

We further strengthen our foothold in the United States, demonstrating the commitment to delivering cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions

Safetica expands it presence and network in the UK market with new partnership with Traction Technology Distribution

Announcing a strategic partnership with Traction TD, a passionate and highly knowledgeable cybersecurity distributor, representing leading and emerging vendors in the UK

Tien Tuan Pharmaceutical Machinery: A Client Success Story in Data Protection and DLP Solutions

Check out our successful cooperation with Tien Tuan Pharmaceutical Machinery, a company specializing in designing, manufacturing, and delivering turnkey solutions for processing and packaging machinery.

HITRUST framework: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

This article will guide you through HITRUST's evolution, its current scope, and how it can be a game-changer for your organization's data protection strategy.

Understanding SOC 2: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

Get started with your SOC 2 compliance efforts: what SOC 2 is, why it matters, and, most importantly, what steps you need to take if you want to get a SOC 2 report for your organization.

European Data Act: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

Find out more about European Data Act, its key elements, and how it will affect businesses, and how Safetican can help you to comply.

Data Loss Prevention in Logistics

In the logistics sector, DLP plays a pivotal role in securing the multiple data streams involved in supply chain operations. Learn how you can protect your data in logistics with Safetica.

Safetica Earns 13 New Badges in the G2 2024 Winter Awards

Safetica received 13 badges in the G2 Winter 2024 Reports and was again named Leader in Data Security. Safetica keeps proving its leadership in categories, such as Cloud Security, and was recognized globally.

Silicon Valley Veteran Mirek Kren joins Safetica as New CEO to Push Strategic Expansion in North America and AI Transformation, and Opens New Office in San Jose 

Safetica is thrilled to announce the appointment of industry veteran Mirek Kren as its new CEO along with the opening of its new offices in San Jose.

The EU AI Act: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The AI Act aims to establish guidelines for AI technologies. It emphasizes a risk-based approach to regulate AI systems' deployment and use across the EU but will have worldwide implications.

Switzerland’s FADP: The Scope, 2023 Changes, and How to Comply

Switzerland’s Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) has been recently updated. What does that mean for you and your business? How has the FADP changed, and how is it different from EU’s GDPR? Read more.

Securing Slack: The Power of Data Loss Prevention

Slack has become the go-to cloud-based collaboration tool for companies of all sizes. Read how to secure Slack with Safetica.

The Cooperative Bank in Mszana Dolna Mitigates Insider Risks with Safetica

The Cooperative Bank in Mszana Dolan ensures customer confidence by safeguarding sensitive data and minimizing risks with Safetica.

From Compliance to Excellence: Jordan Ahli Bank Achieved More Than Just GDPR Compliance with Safetica

Jordan Ahli Bank offers a wide range of banking products and services. Therefore, data security and GDPR compliance are vital to maintaining their business activities. Read the case study.

Data Loss Prevention in Government

Governments house a wealth of sensitive information, from classified data to citizens' records. Explore the complex world of government data breaches and learn how data loss prevention protects governmental institutions.

Data Loss Prevention in Education

As schools increasingly turn to digital tools, keeping educational data safe becomes crucial. Read how educational institutions can implement data loss prevention (DLP) strategies to protect the privacy of their students, alumni, and staff.

Safetica and ESET India Empower Global Business of Grazitti Interactive

Grazitti Interactive is a consulting company that helps businesses with digital transformation and marketing automation. The company has been assisting businesses worldwide, so data protection was crucial for their success.

Webinar: From Data Protection to Future Compliance: Expert Insights

In this on-demand webinar, you will learn more about the EU data privacy regulations, and how to keep your business data compliant.. Watch the webinar.

Balancing Act: Safetica safeguards usage of over 200 GenAI tools

Integrating Generative AI ("GenAI") tools has become the norm across a wide range of industries. Safetica provides two distinct approaches for managing Generative AI (GenAI) tool usage in organizations.

Webinar: Better Safe Than Sorry: Navigating the New US Data Regulations

In this on-demand webinar with Debbie Reynolds and John Paist, you will learn more about the newest regulations like CCPA, CPA, and CTDPA and their implications for your business. Watch the webinar.

PIPEDA: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

PIPEDA sets the ground rules for how businesses handle personal data in their commercial activities. Read more about the purpose, implications, and its 10 Fair Information Principles.

Safetica partners with Kaira to provide DLP solutions in Singapore

We are pleased to announce that Safetica, in collaboration with our partner Kaira, will be serving customers in Singapore.

Exploring Crypto Privacy: Safeguarding Your Cryptocurrency and Personal Information

Maintaining the trust of customers is one of the crucial activities for crypto providers. Protecting their sensitive data is key to sustainable business growth and customer satisfaction. Read more about the challenges in the crypto sphere and how to protect your data.

Data Loss Prevention in the Automotive Industry

What are the unique challenges that the automotive industry faces? Learn how to mitigate them and keep your data safe.

Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA): The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) came into force on 1 January 2023 and grants consumers significant rights over their personal data. Read about the core principles, and learn how to comply.

Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA): The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA) will come into force on December 31, 2023, and will ensure that consumers' information isn't misused. Read more about the regulation and learn how to comply.

Safetica Earns 28 Badges in the G2 Fall 2023 Reports

Safetica received 28 badges in the G2 Fall 2023 Reports and was named Leader in Data Security. Safetica conquered new categories, such as Cloud Security, and was recognized globally.

GLBA: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) aims to enhance consumer privacy and data security for financial institutions. Its primary focus is on safeguarding non-public personal information (NPI) held by financial institutions.

A Guide to the Essential Eight Maturity Model: How to Apply it to Your Business?

Essential Eight Maturity Model is an Australian framework that aims to safeguard sensitive data. It consists of eight strategies that reduce the risks of data loss.

Get aligned with RBI (The Reserve Bank of India) with Safetica

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has created a dedicated security framework tailored for the Indian financial sector, ensuring the safety of Indian banks from potential cyber-attacks.

Data Loss Prevention in Fintech

Let's delve into the challenges fintech faces in keeping data secure and what steps companies can take to safeguard customer information.

Australian Privacy Principles: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) are the cornerstone of the country’s privacy protection framework under the Privacy Act 1988 and regulate the collection, usage, and disclosure of personal data, applying to both government and private sector organizations within Australia.

Colorado Privacy Act: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Colorado Privacy Act (CPA) came into effect on 1 July 2023. It aims to protect the privacy rights of Colorado residents and bolster data security measures.

Šiaulai State University Enhances Data Security and GDPR Compliance with Safetica

The Lithuanian Šiaulai State University of Applied Sciences offers 20 study programs that nearly 100 teachers teach. When GDPR came into force, the organization had to ensure that their sensitive data was protected. 

Connecticut Data Privacy Act (CTDPA): The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (CTDPA) became effective on 1 July 2023. It grants consumers control over their personal information that’s being collected and processed by businesses and organizations.

Safetica Wins the Summer 2023 Leader Award from SourceForge

Safetica has been awarded a Summer 2023 Leader Award by SourceForge, the world’s largest software and services review and comparison website.

Data Loss Prevention in Insurance Institutions

Read about what insurance companies should be doing to prevent data loss and data regulations and compliance in the insurance industry.

DORA: The Scope, Purpose, and What to Expect

The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) is a new regulation that will affect organizations providing financial services in the EU.

Data regulations around the globe

See a list of some of the key data protection regulations, cybersecurity frameworks, and industry-specific data security standards from different corners of the globe.

What to expect from a demo call with Safetica

Are you considering Safetica’s data loss prevention (DLP) and insider risk management (IRM) solution and would like to know more about how our product meets your company’s needs? A demo call will help you figure everything out in a tailored, easy-to-understand way.

Block and Protect Your Sensitive Data in ChatGPT Using Safetica

To minimize the risks of data loss associated with ChatGPT, Safetica offers an effective solution.

Why Should the Manufacturing Industry Use DLP? Top 4 Reasons

In this article, we will give you valuable insights and actionable information that can help you make informed decisions about implementing DLP measures.

Safetica received 18 badges in the G2 Summer Reports 2023

We are glad to announce that Safetica received 18 badges in the G2 Summer Reports 2023.

BYOD Security Policy: Top Risks, Pros & Cons, and Best Practices

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a business policy that allows employees to use their personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets, for work purposes. Read how to create BYOD security policies.

Safetica Ensures Same-Day Support for macOS Sonoma Release

Safetica customers will be able to upgrade to macOS Sonoma immediately after release, with no gaps in protection.

The Dark Side of ChatGPT: How AI Poses a Threat to Data Security

In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways ChatGPT is used to help businesses, how it can be a threat to data security, and provide tips on how businesses can protect themselves.

Why Should Healthcare Institutions Use DLP? Top 4 Reasons

In this article, we'll explore why healthcare institutions need DLP solutions to keep up with the latest technical developments and ensure that patient data is secure.

Safetica Gets Closer to Customers with New U.S. Legal Entity

Safetica has officially established a legal entity in the United States. This new development allows our company to better serve our growing customer base in the U.S. and provide enhanced support for our partners and clients across North America.

Protecting Sensitive Data in Medical Institutions: How the Regional Center for Blood Donation & Hemotherapy in Warsaw Utilizes Safetica

Warsaw's Regional Center for Blood Donation and Hemotherapy is using Safetica to protect sensitive donor and patient information while educating employees on proper data handling procedures.

Do you know std::string_view and how to use it?

Read an article written by one of our developers explaining the std::string_view part of the code.

Lessons from the NSA Leak: Preventing Unauthorized Disclosures with Traffic Light Protocol (TLP)

The recent NSA leak has once again highlighted the critical need for effective information sharing protocols to prevent such leaks and safeguard classified information.

Data Loss Prevention in the Manufacturing Industry

As manufacturers embrace digitization, cybercriminals are increasingly creative when targeting this high-value sector. From data loss to intellectual property theft, the damage can be severe and can affect both business operations and reputation. What can your business do to increase data loss protection?

Departing employees: How to set offboarding processes and policies

The risk posed by departing employees is often overlooked, yet it can be significant and detrimental to a company's data security. What should you consider in the employee offboarding process?

Teal Organisations and the Importance of Data Loss Prevention

Teal organizations are unique in that they prioritize self-management, wholeness, and evolutionary purpose over traditional hierarchical structures and top-down decision-making. Read how to protect data in Teal organizations.

Opolgraf SA Adopts Safetica to Protect Sensitive Data and Enhance Operational Efficiency

Opolgraf, a top book printing company in Poland, uses Safetica for secure and transparent data monitoring, file access, and employee training.

Shedding Light on Shadow IT: What it is, why it’s risky and how to intercept it

Shadow IT poses serious security threats such as data leaks and potential compliance violations, and organizations must take steps to manage its risks.

How efficiently is your organization using Safetica? Find out with our Health Check

Make sure that Safetica is set right and that you are getting the most from all of the features. The goal of the Health Check is to provide recommendations for changes to the configuration, help you with implementation, and show you the best practices.

POPI Act: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The POPI Act, is South Africa’s data protection law. The “Protection of Personal Information Act” is equivalent to the EU’s GDPR. It answers the questions of how, why, and who can collect, store and distribute sensitive data.

Protect Your Business: Why Smaller Businesses Must Prevent Data Loss

SMBs tend to underestimate cyber security, however, data loss can have a devastating impact on these businesses. Implementing effective data protection strategies is easier and more cost-effective than ever before.

Data Security in the Age of Remote Work: How to Keep Your Business Safe

How should you set up your security policies for your employees working from home? What are the potential culprits of a remote workforce? And is BYOD putting your organization in unnecessary risk of a data breach?

Azure Functions: SOLID-compliant service factory

How to process multiple implementations of one service interface and inject one of them based on the data type? Our colleague wrote an article to share his know-how. Read more.

NIS2: The Scope, Purpose, and What Changes to Expect

The NIS2 is the revised version of the NIS that was adopted by the EU on 28th November 2022. There’s now a 2-year period during which all member states must implement the NIS2 directive’s measures into their national legislation.  

Krakowski Bank Spółdzielczy Mitigates Insider Risk through Employee Awareness and Education

Krakowski Bank Spółdzielczy further strengthened the security of the data collected by the bank by implementing a DLP solution and empowering their employees.

Safetica earns new badges and was named a top software

Safetica received new badges from peer review sites, such as Capterra, Sourceforge, Slashdot, and GetApp, and appeared as an Emerging Favorite quadrant of the top endpoint protection solutions.

TISAX: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

TISAX is a globally recognized information and cyber-security standard developed to protect data within the automotive industry. Learn more.

ISO/IEC 27001: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

Following the ISO/IEC 27001 international standard means setting up your organization with an effective information security management system (ISMS). Read more.

The Top 6 Biggest Data Leaks of 2022

Last year, that the average global cost of a single data breach was USD 4.35 million – a 2.6% increase from 2021. Read about the top 6 biggest data leaks of 2022, and find out why data protection is so much needed.

Top 4 reasons why financial institutions should use Safetica

One of the most vulnerable industries in the data protection realm is financial services. In the financial industry, the estimated average cost of a data breach was $5.97 million – the second highest only after the healthcare industry. That's not a small amount!

How to educate your employees about data security

Your employees need to live and breathe in a security-first mindset while they are working because that’s the only way to protect your organization’s, your partners’, and suppliers’ sensitive data. Let’s take a look at how to educate them effectively.  

Data Loss in Healthcare

There are a few best practices that companies from the healthcare sector can use to boost their data security (and patient trust) straight away, though – you’ll learn about those in this article. 

A successful anti-phishing campaign: What happens and how a DLP can help

Phishing is one of the top data breach originators, with losses caused by it in 2020 estimated at USD 1.8 billion, and putting in place a data loss protection solution should be a priority in every organization.

Concept Medical understands their data flow and can assess their productivity thanks to Safetica

The research company Concept Medical wanted to fulfill their legal obligations, have an overview of their sensitive data flow, and get insight into their productivity.

Franco Compania Naviera meets ISO 27001 requirements

The Greek company Franco Compania Naviera is one of the most respected in traditional shipping management. By implementing Safetica, the company can now better monitor employee compliance with company policies, fulfill ISO 27001 requirements, and monitor sensitive information within the company. 

Since implementing Safetica, Bibus Menos has an overview of their sensitive resources

Polish provider of technical services, Bibus Menos, leverages Safetica's solution to understand how their employees work with sensitive data and how it leaves the company. 

TAS United Success Story: A Smooth Switch

TAS United was looking for an alternative to their current DLP solution (Forcepoint). Find out how they made the switch to Safetica NXT!

The Municipality of Guatemala controls data sent over email and social networks

The Municipality of Guatemala decided to replace its previous approach to DLP as the governmental institution collects taxes; it needs to secure all of the sensitive data about citizens that it manages. 

Safetica NXT strengthens its promise of being both a smart and simple DLP SaaS solution

Now with over 300+ built-in templates in data classification and protection​ plus an improved easy-to-use navigation 

Microsoft Identity Platform: Introduction

Do you need a reliable identity management service for your application? Don't reinvent the wheel by coding your own. Try Microsoft Identity Platform. This article will introduce you to the service and give you information on how to start adopting it.

Quebec's Law 25 (formerly Bill 64): All You Need to Know

The application of the multiple new provisions of the Quebec's Law 25 is spread over three years, on September 22 of each year until 2024. Learn more.

10+1 Tips to Secure Your Company’s Data on Business Trips

Do not forget about data security when you go on a business trip. Read our 10+1 tips and make sure your data and devices are safe.

Safetica Supports New ISO 27001/27002 “Data Leakage Prevention” Requirement

ISO 27002 outlines the 11 new requirements that all companies with ISO 27001 certification must meet if they want to maintain their certificates.

Get aligned with Quebec's Law 25 with Safetica

Learn how to comply with Quebec's Law 25 which was formerly known as Bill 64.

Data Security is Koluman Holding’s Top Priority

Koluman Holding was established in 1965, and today operates in a wide range of fields. The organization considers data security to be one of its top priorities, therefore they implemented Safetica to protect its data.

Safetica picks up 9 badges in the G2 Fall 2022 Reports

We are proud to announce that Safetica received 9 badges in the G2 Fall 2022 Reports, earning 3 new badges over the summer reports.

CCPA compliance: What is CCPA and when should you care

Read more about Californian Consumer Protection (CCPA), which was amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), and learn how to be compliant.

Safetica Defends Its ISO 27001 Certificate

Safetica is proud to announce its ISO 27001 re-certification. We explain the importance of this certification, and what we have planned for the future.

CMMC: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is a security assessment and verification standard for defense contractors providing services and products to the Department of Defense (DoD).

Data Loss in Financial Industry: All You Need to Know

If you work in a financial institution, taking good care of the data inside your system is especially important. Banks and financial services have terabytes of highly sensitive information on hand. Read how to keep your data safe.

What is the Zero Trust Approach?

“Never trust, always verify” is the catchphrase of Zero Trust. The Zero Trust Approach is an evolving data loss protection model that focuses on users, assets, and endpoints.

GDPR vs CCPA: Key Benefits and Differences

While CCPA and GDPR do cover similar topics and have the same goal in mind, there are a few things they do differently though. Read the article to find out.

Safetica is a Gold Medalist in 2022 Data Loss Prevention Data Quadrant Report

Safetica earned its place in the DLP Leaders’ quadrant and has risen to the ranks of the TOP 5 DLP providers.

Share your experience with Safetica and earn a reward

Are you a Safetica user who wants to spread the message about data security? Rate our DLP solution on Capterra and receive a $20 Amazon voucher.

PCI DSS Regulation: The Scope, Purpose, and How to Comply

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a set of rules and processes that are designed to protect cardholders’ sensitive data from data breaches and fraud. Read more about this regulation.

5 Tips for IT Professionals: How to Help your Employees Work Safely

With the new approaches such as BYOD, hybrid workspace, and remote work, it is more likely to experience a data breach. Learn how you can help your employees to protect your data.

10+1 Tips to Secure Your Company’s Data while Traveling

It is now more common to work from abroad. Do not forget about data security while exploring new countries.

New Safetica certificates

We have recently introduced two new Safetica certificates for our partners. They can receive Safetica Sales Professional certificate and Safetica NXT certificate.

Differences between SaaS DLP and legacy on-prem Data Loss Prevention solutions

It can be too complex and heavyweight for small and midsized companies handle legacy DLP solutions. Luckily there’s an alternative – cloud-native SaaS DLP.

The Great Resignation as a Threat to Data Security

The Great Resignation is trend in which large numbers of employees have voluntarily been resigning from their jobs. Read how to prepare for the Great Resignation and not lose any data.

Safetica ONE 10.2 Released: Improved OCR, UX, Updates for Large Environments

We are happy to introduce changes that improve Safetica ONE again: from secondary language support to improved user experience for forced reboots or network integration limited to critical apps.

Safetica is using OKRs to support rapid growth

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) is a trending methodology for collaborative goal-setting. Read how we use OKR to grow our business at Safetica.

What is HIPAA? The Scope, Purpose and How to Comply

HIPAA regulations require that records are better secured and protected against leakage. Read more about this US regulation and find out how to comply.

Safetica awarded 5 badges in the G2 Spring 2022 Reports

We are excited to announce that Safetica received 5 badges in the G2 Spring 2022 Reports. Find out more.

DPD knows there is no threat to their sensitive data

DPD Czech Republic works with sensitive data and needs to protect it and track its data flow, as well as protect USB drives and web applications.

Ponemon Institute Study 2022: Data incidents caused by insiders up 34 percent from 2020

Ponemon Institute released its ​2022 Ponemon Institute Cost of Insider Threats: Global Report commissioned by the security company ProofPoint.

Ferragens Negrão took control of their data and fulfilled their regulatory obligations thanks to Safetica

Ferragens Negrão secures all of their company’s data with Safetica and is ready for data protection regulations. Safetica also helps control company hardware and the application of rules for control of machine.

Data protection: All you need to know about data and why to protect it

Do you know where all your company’s data is and how it flows through your operations and processes? Read more about data protection – why it is important and how to do it best. 

Safetica NXT, next-gen SaaS DLP, brings extremely fast time-to-protection of data

Safetica NXT – next-gen SaaS (Software as a Service) DLP – now provides truly easy-to-use data protection enhanced by automation and built-in templates. I

What is GDPR? The scope, purpose, fines and how to comply

GDPR is a European Union protection regulation that applies to all organizations that process the personal data of EU residents. Read more about the regulation.

The Top 6 Biggest Data Leaks

Read about the top 6 biggest data leaks that happened during recent years

How Safetica helps you protect your data

Watch the video to see how the actual product looks like and how to use it to get the best results. 

Spotting Insider Threats: 10 Best Practices to Prevent Data Leaks in Your Organization

An insider threat/risk is a data breach security risk caused by people that have legitimate access to an organization’s data. See the examples, and learn how to protect your company's data.

Ease of implementation

Safetica integrates seamlessly into your existing security stack, therefore it helps to protect your data against leakage and insider threats properly.

Learn how to discover insider threats

Webinar Urgent Need to Protect the Most Critical Business Assets: Data & People was created in cooperation with Safetica and Kuppingercole Analysts. Watch the webinar to find out how to discover potential data breaches.

Would you like to share your experience with Safetica? Let’s write a case study together!

Safetica's mission is to make internal data protection easy and available for every company. If you are using Safetica and are happy with the results, do not hesitate to share your experience with us.

New content inspection and classification in Safetica ONE has arrived for macOS

Minor release of Safetica ONE 10.1 brings advanced content inspection with OCR for macOS and gets further enhancements. This version is also ready to be integrated with Netwrix Data Classification

PP&C Auditores Independentes cost-effectively solved their GDPR compliance and data security with Safetica

Audit company PP&C needed to protect its clients’ sensitive data. After implementing Safetica solution, PP&C is GDPR compliant, protects data and can monitor and improve company effectiveness.

Safetica NXT Q4/2021: Safetica HUB, improved content scanning, and weekly report

Do you want to know what major changes brought last months for end-customers and MSP? 

What do partners have to say about Safetica?

Our partners are in everyday contact with customers and provide us with crucial feedback from different industries, geographies, and use cases.

Together we can help to change their stories

The end of the year is coming and so is our annual customer satisfaction survey. We have decided that the time is right to come together to help the little ones.

Safetica Announces Technology Partnership with Netwrix

Enhanced by Netwrix Data Classification on endpoints, Safetica ONE is empowered to even more precisely discover and classify sensitive data with out-of-the-box regulatory compliance templates.

KNTS Consultores controls the file flow and productivity of employees with Safetica

"We can affirm and prove that our information and that of our customers are safe and protected,” says Rafael Silva, TI at KNTS Brasil.

Safetica Awarded Best DLP Vendor of the Year at Future Enterprise Awards in the Middle East

Safetica, as an ESET Technology Alliance Partner, received the Best DLP Vendor of the Year award at the annual Future Enterprise Awards in the Middle East

Customer Success Manager and Health Check services

Do you want to get the maximum out of Safetica products and reach your goals as fast as possible? Customer Success Manager will help you – including regular health checks.

NAFFCO prevents sensitive data from leaving the company with Safetica

“Safetica is a cost-effective, easy-to-use Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution. It performs security audits, prevents sensitive data from leaving your company. Thanks to Safetica, we also have more visibility on our data transfers,” summarizes Mohannad Hennawi from NAFFCO.

We have 5* support!

Choosing the right solution for DLP and Insider threat is just the beginning. Your experience and the value you get from the software, depends greatly on customer support. And we are proud to announce that our support is one of the best in the market!

Data Loss Prevention, Guide for 2022

Data is a company’s most precious asset, from copyrights and client lists to sensitive information about employees. Most data is now in electronic form. It is created and accessed through software, databases, and other tools, making it vulnerable to loss and theft.

Curious how secure is your data against insider threats and breaches?

Enjoy our limited offer. Get a free security audit and discover possible weak points in your company’s data security.

2021 DLP Data Quadrant led by Safetica

SoftwareReviews named Safetica as award winner in 2021 Data Loss Prevention Data Quadrant. Get the in-depth report with DLP vendors comparison bellow.

DLP: How to prevent company data loss

How Safetica can help you to make sure your sensitive data such as personal data, strategic plans, customer databases, contracts etc. will not leave the company?

Safetica is a leader in SoftwareReviews’ Data Loss Prevention Data Quadrant

According to the comprehensive market reviews compiled by SoftwareReviews, Safetica has earned its place in the DLP Leaders’ quadrant.

Safetica is 2021’s Most Promising Data Security Solution Provider

The September 2021 edition of CIOreview magazine highlights its annual listing of 10 companies that are at the forefront of providing Data Security solutions and transforming businesses. Safetica was honored as the Most Promising Data Security Solution Provider 2021.

Avant Services: How to become a Safetica Platinum Partner in less than a year

Avant Services managed to achieve the Platinum Partner level in cooperation with Safetica within a year.

Safetica ONE 10.0: The new generation of DLP integrated with Insider threat protection features

The new content inspection and OCR, risk detection, and data analytics API integration, new branding in the products' user interfaces and improved the overall user experience.

New Generation of Safetica is here!

In September 2021, we are happy to introduce Safetica ONE, Insider Threat Protection approach, and the new Safetica brand.  

Broker Appreciates the Auditor Module

The company owns a network of building materials warehouses located in Pomeranian Region of Poland and complies with GDPR.

Telekom Malaysia Has a Leak-Proof Office

It is the second-largest telecommunications provider in South Asia with an annual turnover of $5.5 billion and experienced a data breach.

POBA Services Complies with ISO/IEC 27001

POBA Services a.s. provides accounting services and facility management for its parent company Poštová banka, the 7th largest bank in Slovakia.

BMW Invelt Protects its CRM Database

BMW Invelt is the largest and most successful authorized vendor and service provider for BMW, ALPINA and MINI vehicles in the Czech Republic, and keeps the customers' data safe.

Gyncentrum protects patients' sensitive data

Gyncentrum Clinic is one of the top fertility treatment facilities in Poland and protects their clients’ sensitive data with Safetica.

Video Sensitive Data Protection and Company Operations Audit with Safetica

Learn how can Safetica solve your company sensitive data protection and operation audit goals!

E-book: Protect Company Data in a Hybrid Work Environment

Companies use digital workspaces, flexible and remote work, and agile principles. Read our e-book and find out how to secure your data.

Download the Radicati Group Report: DLP Market Quadrant

Download the full report today, find out why Safetica is a proven leader and how its DLP solutions will help you prevent data loss and future-proof your business.

Using Messenger for company communication is a big risk

Read an interview with Zbyněk Sopuch, CTO of Safetica, about the risks of messaging platforms for businesses.

Security or uninterrupted work? With Safetica 9.9 you get both.

New version brings override of DLP policies or control of when file content scan is needed. And announcing public beta of Safetica 9.10 with OCR!

"Sometimes it is as much psychology as IT"

Zbyněk Sopuch, CTO of Safetica, explains how the DLP software is developed and what are the most important issues DLP needs to solve.

Safetica 9.8: Efficient detection and investigation

We focused on the most critical part of data security, detection, and investigation of data incidents and added new powerful capabilities and split the rest of the product based on the need for the response level.

Safetica 9.6: How to achieve flexible security for remote companies?

Regulatory compliance for remote companies, the lack of human interaction in remote companies and the challenge of securing work devices at home...

Broad home office exposes your company data

On average, one in ten companies in the Czech Republic has experienced sensitive data leaks. Learn how to prevent them during the epidemic.  

Safetica 9.5: Ready for the cloud age

E-mail DLP policies for Office 365, audit and protection of your data anywhere and support for Azure SQL database hosting.

Safetica Gets ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 27001 Certified

By getting certified, Safetica demonstrates that it has processes in place to provide high-quality products and services.

Safetica and Seclore to Create Last-Mile Protection for Sensitive Information

The new partnership joins Data Loss Prevention and Rights Management to address the need for secure external collaboration compliance.

Safetica 9.3: Data Anywhere, no Platform Limitation

Safetica 9.3 extends data protection beyond Windows endpoints to every location no matter where the employee is working.

Sneak peek at Safetica 9.3 - Data Anywhere

Take a look at upcoming features: Fortinet integration, audit for Mac and Android...

CCPA – the new data protection rules for California

Companies have only 3 months to adapt to the new rules for data protection brought by CCPA (The California Consumer Privacy Act).

The Safetica team is on the road

Over the last couple of months, the guys and gals from Safetica have been visiting both exisiting and potential partners in Europe and Florida.

Safetica Technologies Enters the Brazilian Market

Safetica closed EsyWorld as its distributor because of its established presence in Brazil with superior professionalism and quality.

We have become a Microsoft Gold Partner

In the fall of 2018 Safetica joined the Microsoft Partner Network and became a Silver Partner, less than a year later and we’ve already reached the next level - Microsoft Gold Partner.

Safetica 9.1: Sensitive Data and Cloud E-mail Under Control

Safetica 9.1 let you discover risks on Office 365 Exchange Online and, with the help of new rules, you can now better identify sensitive content in your business.

Safetica is a finalist for the Cyber Security Awards 2019

Safetica has been named a finalist for Best Security Company of the Year (less than 150 staff) in the Cyber Security Awards 2019.

Safetica DLP 9.0 – Manage data security from a single place

Safetica 9 introduces a reimagined DLP configuration with all the simplicity of Channel Control and all the power of our former DLP rules.

Safetica 9.0 – Data Protection without a Manual

Set up your data protection without reading instructions, reveal the most pressing security issues without spending hours analyzing monitored data with Safetica 9.0.

Safetica 9.0 - Discover Security Issues

The new version of Safetica was designed with IT administrators in mind. They are the ones who need to know what's going on in the security of their organization, so they can immediately resolve any problems.

Safetica has joined Fortinet´s Technology Alliance Partner Program

Integration of Safetica’s Data Loss Prevention solution with Fortinet products gives businesses a powerful tool to secure data, no matter where it resides or flows.

And the winner is ... Safetica!

We are proud to have been ranked as one of Red Herring's 2019 TOP 100 Europe, one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

With DataSolutions, we have strengthened our market position in the UK and Ireland

Together, we will help businesses protect data and make it easier for them to comply with legislation, in particular the European GDPR. 

Safetica 8.4: The final version with Windows XP support

Safetica 8.4 delivers a whole bag of UI improvements, enhanced DLP capabilities. To ensure your security, Windows XP will no longer be supported.

Safetica: The best of 2018 and a peek at what’s in store for the year ahead

We now protect more than 170 000 devices. We have conquered a new continent, we have released 3 versions of Safetica DLP and we have formed new partnerships.

What did 2018 bring and what security challenges will we face in the coming year?

We may no longer be afraid of GDPR, but data leaks are still scary. What important lessons did we learn in 2018? What are our predictions for online security for 2019?

Safetica protects data in southern Africa

In November 2018, we signed a contract with distributor Prodata Group based in South African Republic. Our new partner has been operating on the market since 1992 and focuses mainly on the African continent.

Safetica is now a member of the Microsoft Partner Network

The Safetica and Microsoft connection brings data protection to the area between the cloud and an organization’s internal perimeter.

Get inspired by Safetica success story in Poland

What works and what does not with partners and customers? What do you need to create a functional vendor - partner - customer relationship? We talked with Mikołaj Sikorski, Product Manager at Dagma (Poland).

From Safetica in the Czech Republic to ESET in LATAM

Every good salesman knows that business is all about the relationship. That is why we, Safetica, sent our employees to travel across Latin America and meet ESET partners in person.

Safetica 8.0 – don’t waste your time!

DLP in 3 clicks, extended data discovery, efficient surveillance, enterprise environments and MSPs... read about all new features of Safetica 8.0.

Data Loss Prevention 2017 and 2018 in numbers

The year 2017 has seen countless attacks on sensitive data, a huge buzz around GDPR, as well as new threats.

State of cyber security in 2017 and what to expect in 2018

The year 2017 has seen countless attacks on sensitive data, a huge buzz around GDPR, as well as new threats. Let’s look back at what the year brought us in security and get a glimpse at what 2018 has in store for us.

Our successes in 2017 and our plans for 2018

2017 has brought us new faces, business partners, GDPR buzz and product improvements. Join us in looking back at our achievements and find out what´s ahead for Safetica in 2018.

7 reasons to enjoy Safetica 7.8

New version of Safetica can find and tag data easily for GDPR, lets you have a better look at tagged data and find sensitive content in emails.

Performance matters

At Safetica we believe that great security software offers protection without noticeable impact on performance. Our data loss prevention software is therefore built to stay lightweight on the resources despite its ever-expanding feature set.

Ransomware spreads across Europe. You never know when it can attack. How to defend?

Once a ransomware is inside the system it is very difficult to get it out. And expensive. But actually it is quite easy (and not that expensive) to protect the company data from such attacks.

The risk of external devices

USB flash drives, external drives, cameras or mobile phones make it easy and comfortable to transfer important data. On the other hand, they also bring a couple of security problems that we shouldn’t overlook.

What's new in Safetica 7.5?

Guided GDPR security settings, simplified data tagging, enhanced BitLocker encryption management and detailed application visibility... and many more changes and improvements are being brought to you by Safetica 7.5.

How to protect IT against user mistakes

Ransomware, phishing, or data theft... a big part of present-day attacks relies on an ordinary user to open, intentionally or unintentionally, a door into the system for the attacker.

GDPR - the new data protection rules for EU

Companies have only 15 months to adapt to the new rules for data protection brought by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). What does it mean for your company and how can Safetica help?

What IT security brings in 2017?

Whether it's a new legislation such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) or new trends concerning use of new technologies in companies, 2017 brings many changes and new risks that organizations should prepare for.

What’s new in Safetica 7.3

This version focuses on reducing cost and time to deployment by optimizing frequent tasks and server performance, as well as improving the user experience.

Safetica will protect data in American and Canadian companies

After Safetica became part of ESET Technology Alliance in June 2016, another big step comes up - our entry to the North American market.

How we messed with boot-time drivers

One of our customers recently reported a problem with running our software in tandem with VMware vShield. Although the solution turned out to be quite simple, the investigation process revealed some interesting facts related to driver behavior at boot time.

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

Although the Data Protection Regulation is not entering into force until 2018, taking steps to get your company protected against data leaks seems like a smart thing to do immediately.

Safetica 7.2 is released - What's new?

All-in-one deployment and update view, revised DLP settings workflow and improved client-server communication.

GAPP System now among our partners

By becoming Safetica partner the GAPP System expanded its security portfolio to include DLP software protecting companies against data leaks.

How to write a highly scalable Windows Socket server (BBQ library is the answer)

Our developer Benny (Marek Strihavka) has put together a sample code showing you how to write a highly scalable Windows Socket server in C++.

Safetica joins ESET Technology Alliance

Safetica has entered into partnership with global antivirus company ESET.

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.

What’s new in Safetica 7 - the complete overview

New WebSafetica, Deployment Wizard, with redesigned UI and setup, brand new encryption features for external devices and single installation package for Safetica and Safetica Auditor.

The MontyRich magazine published a story on Safetica

Find out how loosing a USB drive led to establishing a company, that protects customers' data in 50 countries.

Company audit in 3 steps with Safetica 7

Safetica 7 brings a single installation package, seamless integration of all components and auditing profiles. Deployment with Safetica 7 can be achieved only in 3 steps

WebSafetica - online tool letting you get data security insights with ease

WebSafetica is designed specifically to provide managers with the means to monitor security and effectiveness of their company in a way that is easy to access, understand and maintain. WebSafetica is a product part of Safetica 7.

Safetica Receives $1.5 Million In Funding - And Expands Its List Of Investors

Safetica Technologies - the lead provider of data leak prevention - celebrates a new investment totaling nearly one quarter of the total value of the company. Safetica will use the new funding to develop new markets and to advance its products.

Support for Windows 10 in Safetica products

Safetica and Safetica Insight will be compatible with Windows 10 in April 2016.

Safetica Technologies has a new CEO

The chair of our CEO got a new owner - Petr Žikeš. Petr had acted as Safetica's Head of Support for the past 2 years and holded the post of Operations Director at the same time.

Safetica gains $2.5 million investment

Safetica Technologies, the Czech specialist in software protection against data leaks, has received an investment of 2.5 million dollars. The new investment comes from current investor Ondrej Tomek.

Data security meets California Dreaming and Bohemian Rhapsody

Let's take a look at the new Czech cyber security legislation and how si California trying to be at the front of data protection. And also take some time to listen to relevant musical pieces.

Are psychologists better than geeks in stopping insider threats?

Behavioral psychologists could do better than IT professionals in stopping insider threats, said two IT security experts at a conference in JP Morgan’s London offices.

Central European investment to protect against data breaches

Analyst firm Gartner, in its current report on IT security in Central and Eastern Europe, predicts the accelerated implementation of systems to protect against data breaches.

Jana Honkova and her presentation at IT-SA

Business Development Manager Jana Honková made a presentation about Safetica Technology and explained the capabilities of our software.

Safetica joins Regensburg IT workshop

Safetica visited the Bavarian city of Regensburg on September 22, 2014, where we were looking for new partners and to also deepen our knowledge of the German market.

Invitation to Fair IT-SA, Nuremberg, Germany 7-9 October 2014

Dear customers and business partners, you are welcome to join us at the IT-SA Fair on 7-9 October in Nuremberg, Germany.

Safetica Technologies wins highest test honors from SC Magazine

The editors praised the software’s performance and functionality in addition to the developers’ focus on detail and quality.

Data leaks put Prague and Goldman Sachs on common ground

The ongoing case of Prague Integrated Transport with the computer firms of Xanthus and Aremic brings to mind the sordid example of Goldman Sachs, Sergey Aleynikov – and the Princess Bride.

Data on the fly and Safetica 5.4.0

Enhanced OTF functionality is a major part in the 5.4.0 update of the Safetica 5 Data Loss Prevention.  OTF ( on the fly) functionality helps organizations find and tag their data in real time.

Data protection, drunk driving, and the Florida Information Protection Act

The new Florida Information Protection Act (FIPA) passed this summer has a lot of commonality with efforts to reduce drunk driving -- even if the law does not elevate beverage consumption to the "special kind of personal data" level.

How do you say Data Loss Prevention in German?

Safetica Technologies has launched its German language website at The new website provides visitors with complete information about Safetica and its solutions for providing better data security for organizations.

Let's talk DLP!

Are you interested in data loss prevention (DLP)? Do you speak German and English? If so, register and participate in the LET’S TALK DLP! webinar on June 26!

Here comes iCT Day

Satetica is a proud sponsor and participant in iCT Day, a conference on IT security to be held in Prague on June 10. This year's theme is “Securing the cyberspace as an element in state security”.

Verizon Data Breach Report: Finding methods to the security madness

The long-awaited Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report is out and it’s well worth reading.

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

Data security starts and stops with people. There is a need for a people-centric approach to data security that begins with detecting and preventing unsecure actions, regardless if they are accidental or malicious. Technology wizards need to realize that there are limits to their classification efforts.

Your children may never play in a sandbox, but they might work in one

Sandboxing or visualization is a way to let suspect programs run, safely isolated from the rest of the device. Safetica technology brings the sandbox concept over to data security and endpoint monitoring.

Coders vs. actuaries in data protection showdown

Would you rather trust a coder or an actuary for your data security?  Getting an answer to this question has companies reaching for one of two very different approaches to data security: direct technology or risk hedging.

The Bugatti approach to data protection and SC Magazine

For both cars and DLP, the best solution fits the needs of the journey.

Come meet Safetica at CeBIT

From March 10-14, Safetica Technologies will be in position to meet B2B IT purchasers, scout out system integrators, and meet with you at its company booth.

Data Loss Hero and Industry Buzzwords

The most influential person of the year is clearly Edward Snowden who set off a domestic and international avalanche as the public and governments reacted to knowledge about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.

Safetica 5 is a SC Awards 2014 finalist for Best Data leakage prevention (DLP) solution

Safetica 5 was recognized as a top product in DLP category for its ability to protect critical data inside and outside the company, prevent data from unauthorized exits from network and endpoint computers, monitor traffic.

Would installing DLP/monitoring software have pushed the NSA out of its comfort zone?

The U.S. National Security Agency did not install the most up-to-date data protection systems at its Hawaii site before contractor Edward Snowden went to work and removed thousands of classified documents.

Safetica 5 – Data Loss Protection Software – at GITEX

Safetica 5, the flagship DLP/monitoring solution from Safetica Technologies, is present at GITEX in partnership with Advanced Business Solutions MENA Fzco.

Safetica Guards the Data of the Guards

The Czech General Inspectorate of Security Forces (GIBS), the government agency charged with overseeing the state’s security apparatus, has selected Safetica 5 to protect their data.

Managing Social Media with Moderation in the Workplace

Internet and social media use at the workplace is a significant productivity issue for many employers. To control use, companies may block specific sites or establishing a restrictive Acceptable Use Policy for their employees. How to create reasonable restriction with Safetica?

Hazards to setting up semi-free Wi-Fi in the workplace

Semi-free Wi-Fi is where a company gives almost free Wi-Fi access to its employees – along with a few monitoring safeguards over what employees can download, access, and upload with their smartphones.

Grinders won't delete your lost data

Under pressure from officials from Her Majesty’s government, the editors of the Guardian newspaper in the UK destroyed the hardrives and computer equipment that had been used in reporting on Edward Snowden and the wiretapping by the American National Security Agency.

Welcome to the Safetica blog

Our goal is to provide bite-sized bits of information about data security and Safetica on the following topics: market, product, legal, and data news.

The Snowden Files: A question of access

The flight of Edward Snowden with laptops of classified information on U.S. spying programs has people wondering the obvious: How did he do this? And how can you prevent this from happening to your company?

Cyber-criminals take a closer look at small businesses

Small businesses reported faster growth in the rate of cyber attacks than their large, more visible competitors according to an Information Security Breaches survey by the UK's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Social media in the office: Abstinence and “Be Nice” warnings are no cure

It's all about removing the uncertainty over social media use at the workplace. Social media isn't something to fight over. Feel free to use it, but just within the limits.

Safetica wins 4 ¾ stars in SC Magazine review

Safetica scored a perfect five stars for its features, ease of use, performance, documentation, and support.

Safetica 5 has been awarded 4 ¾ stars in SC Magazine review

“This tool is a nice entry into endpoint security. And, we found that the value for the money is good,” wrote Peter Stephenson, head of the SC Test Lab.

Pub(l)ic versus private data in the hospital

Huntington Memorial Hospital in California was fined $25,000 after an admissions clerk took a patient's mobile phone number and sent her a sex-based text message.

Striking a balance: Employees in social media and corporate cyber security

Our CTO Pavel Krátký discusses trust, Facebook, privacy, hacker breaches, and employee access to monitoring reports in Sri Lanka's business paper Daily FT.

Website monitoring with Safetica

With Safetica, monitoring internet use by the individual endpoint computer is surprisingly easy.

Your data and the law

It's not enough to have a program that keeps your data from leaving the company. Sometimes you need to take hard evidence of employee misdeeds to court.

Safetica Build 5.0.5 is here, end users will never notice

Safetica Build 5.0.5 brings many functional, graphic, and linguistic improvements.

Safetica 5.0.5 in action

Build 5.0.5. brings Safetica clients a combination of language, graphic, and functional improvements.

Safetica goes local in Japan

Safetica Technologies is represented in Japan by Promark, a distributor with over a decade of experience providing customized security solutions for a full range of companies.

Safetica brews a perfect cuppa in Sri Lanka

DCS International is Safetica's distributor for Sri Lanka, planning on improve the country's data security market.

Safetica enters Sri Lankan market

The exclusive Safetica distributor for the country, responsible for sales and implementation, is DCS International (Pvt) Limited. Safetica was launched to the public and IT press in the capital city of Columbo.

Edward Snowden: Where's the data?

It is not what Edward Snowden has said that has the United States government and its National Security Agency so nervous, it is what he has showed – or could still show – to other outside parties.

New version 5.0.3 Safetica

The latest update to Safetica 5 brings several improvements for users, providing greater comfort and clarity, and increased coverage for corporate clients demanding the highest data security levels.

Safetica wins Computer Weekly security award

Safetica Technologies and its new Safetica 5 Data Loss Prevention/monitoring software won an honorable mention in the Best Technology Innovation category from the UK magazine.

Safetica at InfoSec Europe

Safetica Technologies completed its first ever participation at InfoSec Europe, the largest European security exhibition.

Safetica 5 is here

Safetica 5 prevents human factor issues that can lead to the loss of confidential data, incur financial costs, and damage a company's security.

General disaster: What could have prevented Paula

Paula Broadwell, the paramour and biographer of CIA director David Petraeus, was found with large amounts of classified government documents. Could a military-grade Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution have stopped this data breach from happening?

Safetica launches DLP in Thailand

Safetica Technologies introduced its Data Loss Protection software to Thailand at the annual Commart Comtech Thailand exhibition on 15-18 November.

Data leaks in October: From foreign affairs to the IT department

There were over a half million instances of data loss during October, with much of the data leaking from traditional pillars of reliability such as governments, transit authorities, and banks.