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Protect the Perimeter and Watch for the Inside Move

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Data breaches have reached an all-time high profile with serious and highly publicized incidents. Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London, estimates that Cyberattacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion annually. And, the average cost of a data breach for SMBs and Enterprises is $38,000 & $551,000, respectively, as reported in the Kaspersky Lab Global IT Security Risks Survey. To prevent such losses, it is crucial to pinpoint risks, establish a security stance and build insights to keep every organization from becoming a statistic.

IT Security is a lot like basketball. The defense needs to be in place to guard the database. It is crucial to anticipate the moves that could threaten or penetrate sensitive information. How does one keep up with the playbook of hundreds of millions of events per day on petabytes of unstructured data?

One mistake with internal access can lead to disastrous results. In the Forrester study, The State of Data Security and Privacy, reports that 36% of breaches stem from inadvertent misuse of data by employees. A breach must be prevented in the first place and stopped in the end game. Threats can come from anywhere. You need solutions that act as firewalls and others that thwart insider threats. It is reported that over two-thirds of employees have access to information they are not supposed to see.

Prevention is the cure. We design solutions that lock down sensitive information to prevent vulnerabilities. Defense plays are installed with behavior analytics to detect suspicious activity and shut down attempted data breaches. One of our partners, Varonis, provides a security system to monitor and analyze every single file touch. Like a sideline reporter, this inside view makes it easy to see who’s doing what. Track and monitor file activity, analyze user behavior and report on all of the action happening.

With the right security system, access is governed, permissions are assigned so relevant search results are delivered to meet business needs without exposing sensitive data. An audit trail will reveal who does access data, providing visibility to user behavior and information exposure. This is like having a replay monitor to reveal the detail of data access. With this insight, recommendations can be made to tighten permissions, limit access, or otherwise manage database exposure while supporting all business needs.

One of the many reasons we recommend a Varonis solution to help prevent data breaches is their strategy to ensure only the right users have access to the right data at all times. Don’t let your organization become a data breach headline. We can help you find the right system to protect sensitive information, automate time-consuming tasks, and still extract valuable insights from your data. Then you can carry on with your business, securely, for your customers, for your personnel, for your stakeholders.

Per EiQ Networks 2015 Vulnerability Study, only 21% of IT professionals are confident that their information security technologies can mitigate risk. For more insight, watch this cStor YouTube video from our webinar: 6 Tactics for Preventing Insider Threats. Let us help you design the right security system to help you stay ahead of the game. cStor.com

cStor Digital Transformation Team
About cStor Digital Transformation Team
As the Director of Business Development, Walt is focused on business growth among cStor’s largest partners. He brings 30 years of experience in high-tech and IT business development. Westfall is charged with leveraging his expertise in IT, storage, digital transformation and cybersecurity to help clients understand where to go with their infrastructure and how to manage, share and protect their data to provide the most ROI. His technical and business acumen and management expertise stem from years of high-tech and IT business development. His leadership experience includes companies such as NetApp, EMC, WD McMillan Consulting and Sanas Technologies (an application aware data-management software startup business). Walt attended Eastern Washington University along with the Executive and Enterprise Leadership Education Program at Babson College.