Filip Cotfas, Channel Manager, CoSoSys

Filip Cotfas has an impressive background in sales and project management. As a Channel Manager at CoSoSys, he is utilizing his extensive skills for the daily operating efficiency with a focus on the South Asia, Middle East and Northern Europe markets. Filip`s main responsibility is handling the existing Customer portfolio, as well as acquiring additional revenue streams, mainly by coordinating with the existing partners or enabling new partnerships, in order to help more customers benefit from our award-winning Data Loss Prevention solution. In the past years, he has been developing the sales strategies for his markets and built a successful relationship with channel partners.

 

Most businesses face a never-ending battle to keep critical company data safe. The consequences of a data breach may be devastating, which is why so many businesses invest much in data security.

There are several hurdles to maintaining firm data security on any form of infrastructure.  Here’s a quick rundown of the top three issues in safeguarding corporate data:

(a) The Increasing Difficulty of Data Visibility

With the huge volume of data shared every day, understanding what data exists, where it lives, who has access to it, and how it is eventually conveyed is crucial to corporate data security. Visibility is inherently a priority for CISOs, as are the rules and solutions required for a proactive security posture.

Delving into actual data visibility entails developing rules and processes, confirming that they are operating and being used, and then determining which technologies can be put in place to assist automatically and efficiently enhance the protection required around sensitive data.

(b) Your Own Employees

There is always at least one primary point of vulnerability in any security system: the employees, especially those who have access to the system. Among the numerous events reported by the firms, miscellaneous mistakes and internal misuse accounted for the majority of breaches. It might be difficult to protect against both accidental and purposeful insider usage. Companies should take the following steps to reduce the risk of employee exploitation of corporate data:

Limit access to company data to what is absolutely necessary for work: No newly recruited employee should have access to any secure database. Restricting access to the bare minimum decreases the danger of data breaches, but it may impede job productivity if staff need access to certain databases for a project.

Employees should be trained on basic information security protocols:  Employees should be trained in fundamental account security rules to avoid the unintentional leaking of user account information. This covers web-surfing safety, phishing detection, and download link safety instruction.

Establish Clear Data Security Policies and Procedures and Consequences: After staff have received basic information security training, it is critical to keep them accountable to a set of standards. Outlining these criteria and the penalties of failing to meet them is critical to keeping data security at the forefront of an employee’s mind at all times.

Revoke access for terminated employees: No matter how trustworthy a person is while on the job, it is critical to remove their user access credentials as quickly as feasible. Unused user accounts pose a serious data security risk, and even honest employees might be enticed into illegal behavior once their job is terminated.

(c) Beyond the office walls, Hybrid working model

With the WFH and Hybrid working models, organisations must deal with the reality that employees must access and share data outside of the conventional security boundaries. The typical ‘castle and moat’ strategy used in the office is no longer appropriate in these situations; thus, all entry and exit points in newly extended networks must be identified and guarded.

Remote employees are likely to connect to business servers or cloud accounts using home routers with limited bandwidth and open modem control interfaces over public networks. This intertwining of activities provides a plethora of options for hostile actors. The increasing usage of default settings on residential IoT devices such as printers, cameras, and televisions introduces new risks. Companies must modernize their technology deployment and guarantee that all security and software upgrades are performed on a regular basis.

With a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution in place, businesses can minimize the risk of data loss, leakage, and theft by safeguarding sensitive data categories directly. When applied on the endpoint, DLP policies stay active regardless of a device’s location and can, thus, support remote compliance. 

Endpoint protection and detection are also critical because they allow you to quickly isolate a device if it becomes infected with malware, preventing it from spreading across the system. Remote working should be incorporated into incident response protocols.

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