Data Security Program Best Practices

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Explosive growth in data, virtualization and multi-tenancy, combined with increasingly sophisticated security breaches and more stringent government regulations, creates new challenges for enterprise storage security. On top of that, there is a steady growth in the amount of “sensitive” data that needs to be protected – including government ID numbers, medical records, credit card and payment data, intellectual property, and anything else that could cause harm if seen by unauthorized persons or organizations. And while virtualization, cloud computing and storage-as-a-service help to manage this onslaught of data, it also can make it challenging to track and protect at all levels of the stack. cStor can help you deliver a high-performance, comprehensive, non-disruptive data security solution from design to implementation and management.


Get Ahead of Threats & Compliance. Anything from unplanned storms and power outages to other natural disasters and insider threats mean IT needs to be thinking ahead of the threats, and vigilant in maintaining compliance. Endpoints, Architecture & Applications. Network and data protection is no longer just about endpoints, it’s about protection inside the network too. With architectures supporting such a variety of devices and applications, they must all be part of your defensive security strategy.

Data center security solutions not only provide protection from threats, but increase productivity and availability.

According to IDC,* business benefits of employing security solutions for next-generation data centers include:

Increase IT Security Staff Productivity

33.5% more productive IT security staff operations

Reduce Unplanned Downtime

80.7% less unplanned downtime because of security breaches and threats

*Source: IDC Solution Brief, Assessing the Business Value of SDN Datacenter Security Solutions, May 2015


Enhanced, ubiquitous data encryption is a key component of data security. When you encrypt data, you render it unreadable without the encryption, thereby removing its value on the black market or to any interested third party. There are many benefits of data encryption including:

  • Protecting Customer Data Privacy – Privacy is a critically important issue with the recent, high-profile data breaches top-of-mind. Had the organizations storing this data encrypted it, the data would have only been merely garbled and unintelligible binary strings. Failing to protect your data will erode customer confidence and loyalty.
  • Protecting You from Data Breach Laws – Encryption shields most firms from data breach laws. When you encrypt personally identifiable information, you are not required to notify customers if it is compromised.
  • Addressing Data Residency Requirements – Data residency is the regulatory requirement that firms store data belonging to the citizens of a specific country within that country. Properly implemented encryption using good key management can help protect your customers’ data no matter where it ultimately resides.
  • Achieving Regulatory Compliance – Encryption simplifies compliance mandates.

Data Access Governance

Organizations know that controlling access to data is vital: security breaches, mistakes and leaks of sensitive enterprise data can lead to loss of intellectual property, system downtime, frustrated users, lost productivity, fines for failing to comply with external regulations, and organizational embarrassment. But the processes at many organizations today to achieve that control are tedious, time-consuming and error-prone. Administrators try to monitor changes in access, but all too often these approaches simply address current symptoms and fail to permanently fix the root cause of problems. Moreover, all that manual work and reporting distracts administrators from working on other projects. The need is for a process to centralize access requests and put an end to the ambiguity of who has access to the data, and, more important, who should have access to the data. cStor provides data governance solutions to help you:

  • Discover Users and Resources
  • Classify Data and Access Rights
  • Assign Data Owners and Approvers
  • Audit and Report on Access
  • Automate Access Requests and Automatically Remediate Problems
  • Prevent Unauthorized Change

Behavioral Analytics

Behavioral analytics focuses on how and why users behave in a certain manner. Behavioral analytics allow organizations to take seemingly unrelated data points to extrapolate, predict and determine errors and future actions/trends to tell us how and why something is happening. cStor behavioral analysis solutions automatically analyze and detect suspicious activity and prevent data breaches using deep analysis of metadata, machine learning, and advanced User Behavior Analytics. These solution threat models uncover security issues quickly, creating alerts to catch suspicious activity across every stage of a potential data breach from initial reconnaissance to data exfiltration.

Enterprise Search and eDiscovery

With the advent of Big Data, today’s organizations rely everyday on data and analysis of that data to make critical decisions. However, in order to navigate today’s data-intensive environments, organizations must be able to help users effectively and efficiently find the relevant information they need in that sea of data. cStor’s Enterprise Search and eDiscovery solutions help IT departments implement and maintain new technologies to provide users with access to quick, relevant information through knowledge management, content management, and enterprise search-related products and services.

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