Each company has its own secrets to keep, and most, if not all of them, are not the romantic hacker dreams of corporate shady affairs.
The real secrets of a business are the sale reports, projects still under development or future mergers and in general any other nuggets of information that can be speculated by the competition. Putting the deliberate ones aside, most security breaches are accidents, unintentional “slips of the tongue” or fatigue induced human errors.
Sometimes employees feel the need to bring work home with them. This may be due to a fast approaching deadline, a need to catch up on lost work hours or simply because they are greatly engaged by the project; some people do enjoy their work! The ideal case for this situation would be to bring the work laptop along, a device which is secured by the company’s software.
However, in most cases, one is forced to bring home just the data itself via a USB stick or some similar mobile data storage device. This is where an accidental information security breach can occur. The home computer does not benefit from the company’s security systems and once sensitive information is uploaded on to it, it’s pretty much the same as making it public.
The files could be accessed by a random network intruder that recognizes their value and decides to make a profit out of it. Or the USB stick can be borrowed by a family member and your marketing plans could end up being shared on the campus network.
One simple way to prevent such incidents is to keep a close eye on your employees and grant them permission, based on each individual scenario, to take the information out of the company. However, this task quickly becomes insurmountable in a large business. This is where an automated system comes in handy, one that can track any inbound or outbound devices and data activity, control and block it if necessary.
The market is aware of this problem, and solutions are available, but most of them are very expensive and to rigid. These act as a small part of a much larger package, one that seeks to replace your entire security system.
A module-based alternative that allows you to pick the solution for your particular problem is the cost-efficient way to go.
With such a system, you can simply hand-pick the modules that cover any gaps or quirks of your current security without the elaborate and cluttered process of reinstalling an entire suite of security protocols.