Top 7 Reasons Why DLP is Important for a CSO

Top 7 Reasons Why DLP is Important for a CSO

  • 47% of enterprises losing data in the cloud at one time or another
    Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is set to become front and center again for every Chief Security Officer (CSO)! You may be asking why? This is because it will enable businesses to protect data both on-premise and in the cloud. Unfortunately, companies lack of DLP has led to 47% of enterprises losing data in the cloud at one time or another. Further proving crucial and important it is for companies to address the underlying issues with better applied DLP and to reboot the existing thinking.
  • Not all data should be treated equally (Classified, Personal Identifiable Information, Credit Card, etc.)
  • Challenges posed by always-connected cloud environments operated from any device a user can grab creates a higher risk of losing sensitive data.
    The DLP of today needs to address the challenges posed by always-connected cloud environments operated from any device we can grab. Most large organizations use hundreds of cloud applications as part of their business processes without even realizing the extent of their dependence on the services and those services must be secure.
  • Not all DLP technology solutions are equal, and therefore an evaluation of multiple solutions is important in selecting the right fit.
    Not all DLP technology solutions are equal; the CSO should invest in one that has a comprehensive roadmap of future investment, preferably with large user install base one that is easy to operate post-deployment.
  • DLP solution is a great discovery tool to identify business processes that don’t comply with security policy or risk appetite.
    Future integration with CASB DLP solutions is also something to consider as organizations massively consume more cloud services. This is where multi-channel detection, prevention and end user coaching solution is critical to cater for the present and future needs of the business. Also, the CSO should remember that DLP solution is a great discovery tool to identify business processes that don’t comply with security policy or risk appetite.
  • CSO should also use the information discovered to have business discussions focused on empowering the business to protect the information assets believed to be important and valuable (Crown Jewels).
    The CSO should also use the information discovered to have business discussions focused on empowering the business to protect the information assets believed to be important and valuable (Crown Jewels). Furthermore, as the organization matures in security capability and awareness, the CSO will be able to move from a coaching mode to a detection and blocking mode of operation if the business deems it is necessary.
  • DLP might be too hard to deploy, and subsequently too expensive. However, the reality is that DLP is a requirement of doing business in the digital age and can be implemented in stages.
    In conclusion, some executives might consider DLP to be too hard to deploy, and subsequently too expensive. However, the reality is that DLP is a requirement of doing business in the digital age and can be implemented in stages. The CSO should think about the importance of confidential and personal data, the increase in insider threats, accidental data loss and the pending data breach legislation before writing off adopting a data loss prevention framework.