Verizon Business has launched a service to help businesses reduce the risk of not knowing where all their data resides.
The Data Discovery, Identification and Security Classification (DDISC) service is available in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
According to Verizon Business, the service is aimed at helping businesses to discover, identify and classify data stored on servers in the extended network linking customers, partners and suppliers.
This information is used to determine whether a company is handling and securing its data appropriately.
Irida Xheneti, security services research analyst at IDC, said as corporate and customer information has become a critical asset, securing the path this information travels is critical for many businesses.
But he said, "Organisations are struggling to even locate where the information resides and then prioritise it accordingly."
Verizon said the service is also aimed at helping organisations manage compliance with security standards and regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
The service consolidates and standardises Verizon Business's security consulting services to ensure uniformity across its global security practice, the firm said.
The service represents an industry shift to a more data-centric approach to security that emphasises the business value of information and its potential impact on the organisation, said Peter Tippett, vice-president of innovation and technology at Verizon Business.