Reasons Why You Need a Data Loss Prevention Policy
Data loss prevention (DLP) can mean different things to different companies. If you are in the healthcare field, you must ensure that protected health information doesn’t get into the wrong hands, but you’ll also need to consider that insurance company information should stay private and credit card information, as well. Other companies will also need to keep those types of information safe because if hackers get credit card information, they could steal others’ identities.
At Comodo, we understand your need for a data loss prevention policy, which can be used in conjunction with our other products to prevent SSL sniffing and other attacks.
Everyone’s policy will be a little different, based on various factors. For example, healthcare fields have unique challenges that aren’t found in financial and retail services, though financial services can have their own unique challenges, as well.
However, effective policies for data loss prevention will typically include:
- Employee guidelines
- Analysis and reviews of where leaks could occur
- List of vulnerabilities uncovered in those analyses
- Procedures and rules for backup and transmission of data
- Policies covering portable devices, such as thumb drives and smartphones
- More security for physical locations
Employee guidelines may be the most difficult part of your policy because most employees don’t read the fine print. Make sure it is easy to understand and get a signature that states they read it, understand and agree to it. This may include emailing yourself information, how personal devices can be used, and more.
As you can see, there are many parts of the policy equation that you have to consider before jumping in and writing it up. While our product may not help you create the rules, it can help you prevent the loss of data, which is always an important security risk that companies face. Contact us today to learn more.