7 reasons to implement data loss prevention

What is DLP?

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) as a definition is “the practice of detecting and preventing data breaches, exfiltration, or unwanted destruction of sensitive data.”

Data loss, whether by accident or on purpose is a fact of business life. According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the leading cause of reported data breaches is through human error.

The cost of such mistakes are high. To make matters worse, statistics show that data loss is increasing. So, it is more important than ever that data protection officers & IT departments take all necessary steps to keep sensitive data flows safe and secure.

Here are 7 good suggestions why you should implement data loss prevention (DLP):

  1. Safeguard Sensitive Data:
    DLP acts as a guardian to your most important data. It identifies, classifies, and protects sensitive data such as; financial records, intellectual property, and customer information. DLP utilises encryption, access restrictions & alerting to ensure only authorised personnel can handle this critical data.
  2. Combat Data Breaches:
    DLP is a frontline defence against cyberattacks and data breaches. By monitoring data movement and identifying suspicious activity, DLP systems can prevent unauthorised attempts to remove or take data from your business. By being proactive, you help avoid and minimise financial and reputational damage from a data breach.
  3. Ensure Regulatory Compliance:
    GDPR places strict regulations regarding data privacy and security. DLP helps your organisation comply with these regulations by providing tools to track data access and prevent unauthorised access and distribution.
  4. Minimise Accidental Data Loss:
    As mentioned earlier, human error is the most significant cause of data loss. DLP mitigates this risk by preventing accidental leaks through emails, file sharing, or even printing. DLP systems can prompt users for confirmation before sending sensitive data or block unauthorised transfers altogether. Equally important, DLP tools provide real-time reporting to alert data protection officers of active and potential breaches.
  5. Minimise the impact on Users:
    DLP doesn’t have to be a burden on users. Today’s DLP solutions can be configured to be transparent and user-friendly. Educating employees on data loss is also vital. It helps staff make more informed decisions when working and communicating with others. Over the longer term, such steps help foster a culture of data security.
  6. Improve Incident Response:
    Should a data loss incident occur, DLP simplifies the process of identifying the scope of the breach and the data involved. Audits and reports will aid a faster and more effective response, minimising any potential damage.
  7. Boost your reputation:
    By demonstrating a commitment to data security through DLP, you build greater trust with customers and outside partners. DLP not only safeguards your data, it also helps safeguard their sensitive information too.

Data Loss Prevention is a growing security requirement due to increasing cyber offensives, insider threats and human error. For more  on what capabilities and features DLP can deliver for you, visit our data loss prevention page.

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