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Big data shouldn’t include massive risks.

Maybe your company has millions of customer identities or handles thousands of business transactions every day. If big data is a big part of your business, you want to protect it. At Simeio, we deliver Data Security & Loss Prevention solutions for big data and all types of databases as a hosted managed service. We set up policies to discover and prevent unwarranted actions on your sensitive content and data in the Cloud.

We can also centrally manage and enforce data management policies, alerts, logs and data egress blocking. While Simeio protects data, we’re also safeguarding your customers’ identities and your brand reputation.

Data Security and Loss Prevention Services

As more and more consumers trust businesses with sensitive information, data security and loss prevention services become essential for the business world. While the term “big data” gets thrown around a lot, companies rely on various forms of data. Here are 4 different data categories that could help you determine whether your business needs Simieo's data security and loss prevention services:

  1. Big data. This generally refers to the classic and predictive analytics that exist when you're using large amounts of actual data. For businesses, massive amounts of data can be important because it makes it possible to come up with a more accurate conclusion. Yet, it's important to think about how a massive amount of data is secured and protected from loss.
  2. Fast data. Fast data can still be a massive amount of data, but it's more quickly processed. Consider a library card that can be scanned at a kiosk to check-out books. The barcode on any given library card is associated with information related to the card holder. When the card is scanned, it brings up the card holder's account and it adds the book to that account. So, fast data is something that is still accurate, but it is more quickly processed. Fast data is often associated with sensitive personal information such as someone's social security number, phone number, data of birth, address, or even their credit card number. If your company relies on fast data, it is imperative to protect it.
  3. Dark data. Dark data refers to unstructured data that you have, but you're not necessarily able to access it with ease. Streaming video and photographs are examples of dark data. Videos and photographs may be associated with proprietary ideas from your business.
  4. Lost data. Lost data is also referred to operational data. It's the data that is used to control machinery. The data isn't actually lost. It's just locked into the system that uses it. If you're in an industry that requires certain automated equipment, imagine the effect losing that data would have on your business.

However, this list isn't all inclusive. There are other forms of big data that your business may rely on. It's important to consider two questions. The first question deals with potentially sensitive information. How would you feel if that information was lost or stolen? The second question addresses the productivity of your business. Would your business be legally compliant and able to operate if it were the victim of data loss? If your answers scare you, you should schedule a consultation with Simieo.

Data Security and Loss Prevention

Simieo's data security and loss prevention is a host managed solution that can be used for different types of data and databases. Since we're host-managed, our clients experience less of a drain on their internal IT department. We deploy, host, and manage our services from a remote location. In addition to providing data security and loss prevention through the use of technology, we also help set up the proper policies to help your company discover and stop data loss.

The way that data loss occurs can depend on several factors that are related to your business. Data loss, generally referred to as data egress, can put your organization at risk, especially if you're company stores sensitive information. Common times data egress happens include:

  • Through email.
  • Uploading data.
  • Use of cloud storage.
  • Through USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives (physical media).
  • FTP and HTTP (File transfers).

Data loss places sensitive and proprietary information at risk. That information may be targeted by unhappy current or former employees, hackers, online criminals, and even competitors.

Basic Management Practices for Data Loss Prevention

Simieo helps clients establish and implement a customized data security and loss prevention policy. Yet, there are some things that business can do to help prevent data loss.

  1. Create and enforce a basic data loss traffic enforcement policy. In this policy you define what's acceptable use of data and technology and what isn't. One of the easiest ways to get started is to get rid of any “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy that allows your employees to access your system (even if it's just for Wi-Fi). This policy should also outline the process authorized persons would take to access sensitive data.
  2. Create firewall rules to block data egress to unauthorized locations.
  3. Understand which data should be classified as sensitive data. This doesn't have to be customer information and credit cards (although that should definitely be included!). It can be any sort of data that is important to the way that your company functions. Understanding what should be satisfied as sensitive data from the perspective of your company can help you determine which policies and procedures should be implemented.

Learn How Simieo Can Protect Your Data

The threats to your data won't go away on their own. Even if you implement and enforce aggressive data egress policies, you could still be targeted by external threats. And those external threats are constantly changing. Simieo has protected more than 100,000,000 identities. So, we know a thing or two about what it takes to protect your data. To learn how we can help your business with our IAM scalable solutions, contact an advisor today.

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“The IAM service from Simeio supports both our long-term business and technology strategy; to provide services and infrastructure for optimum online engagement and transaction with CFA Institute.”

ELAINE CHENG
CFA INSTITUTE CIO