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Top tips to stem data loss

The growing number of data loss and information leaks can be easily prevented if companies pay attention to a few simple security rules, says Gartner.

The growing number of data loss and information leaks can be easily prevented if companies pay attention to a few...

simple security rules, says Gartner.

The analyst firm has identified five key steps to preventing public exposure of private data:

Content monitoring and filtering, which will monitor outbound network traffic to spot any policy violations.

Backup tape encryption. Even though Gartner believes very few consumer records will have been lost this way, companies cannot afford to risk exposure of consumer data and should invest in storage encryption.

Workstation security. There’s no excuse for corporates failing to protect their office and home workstations and laptops from viruses or worms.

Laptop encryption. Regardless of company policy, staff will store sensitive data on laptops, so encryption – preferably whole-drive encryption – is essential.

Database activity monitoring can limit insider misuse of database systems and limit some external attacks without affecting performance.

“Data loss and information leaks are not random acts of nature too costly to prevent. By following these five steps, enterprises can dramatically reduce the risk of their valuable structured and unstructured information ending up in the wrong hands and forcing an embarrassing public disclosure,” says Gartner research vice-president Rich Mogull.

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