631-905-9617    Get SUPPORT

Suffolk Computer Consultants Blog

Is Your Business Leaking Data?

Is Your Business Leaking Data?

Take a moment and consider the data that you have collected during your business’ operations. How valuable is it to you? What would it mean if it were to leak out of your business’ control?

Many businesses have had to deal with the negative ramifications of their data making its way out from under their protections and into the wild. If you want your own operations to continue without having to deal with any added complications, you need to make sure you can prevent your data from leaking out.

The first step is to understand just how many ways this leakage can occur.

The Three Kinds of Data Leaks

Each of the many means that data has to leave your control can be classified into one of three categories, based upon its level of activity. These categories are:

  • At Rest - This data is data that is effectively in storage, waiting to be accessed. If a cybercriminal steals your data from your database or from one of your workstations’ storage centers, your data was stolen while at rest.
  • In Transit - Naturally, if your data is stolen while in transit, it was intercepted as it traveled from one point to another. This can happen if sensitive information is left unprotected in an email or other web traffic - but more on that in a moment.
  • In Use - This kind of data leak is particularly insidious, as it takes place while the data being stolen is actively being used. This is often how insider threats are carried out, screenshots captured, and documents snatched from printers.

Securing Your Data Against Leaks

If you’re concerned about data leakage (as every business really should be), there are a variety of ways that you can make it a less likely risk for your operations.

Your first step should always be to educate your users about the risks that they potentially present to your business’ data. Sure, you may know what data is and isn’t able to be shared… but your employees may not. Making sure that your employees have some awareness of how data can leak out into the wild will help to reduce the chances of it happening due to their activities.

There are also a variety of information technology solutions that can help you prevent data leaks from influencing your business’ success.

We’re starting out with the big one here - encryption protects any information that leaves your network by rendering it effectively indecipherable to anyone without the means of decrypting the data.

Content Filters
In addition to preventing certain threats from getting in, content filtering can also be used to prevent certain pieces of information from getting out by alerting the administrator when such a data transfer is attempted.

Access Control
The fewer people who have access to your data, the fewer chances there are for one of them to allow it to leak out of your business. Keeping data access to those who really need it will help cut down on your risk.

This has been but a brief list of ways to help prevent a data leak. For more assistance, reach out to the professionals at Suffolk Computer Consultants by calling 631-905-9617.

A Field Guide to the Cables Around the Office
How to Minimize Your Printer’s Impact on Your Budg...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Sunday, May 26 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Business Computing Privacy Cloud Network Security Productivity User Tips Communication Malware Cybersecurity Google Efficiency Microsoft Communications Smartphones Hardware Data Hackers Business Tech Term Internet Managed IT Services Passwords Business Management Innovation Backup Outsourced IT Email Small Business Software Windows 10 Mobile Device Ransomware Browser Android Hosted Solutions IT Support Smartphone IT Services Network Data Backup Apps Bandwidth Data Recovery Users Applications Managed IT Services Social Media Collaboration VoIP Mobile Devices Wi-Fi Microsoft Office Gadgets Alert Cloud Computing Holiday Miscellaneous Save Money Internet of Things Computer Office Employer-Employee Relationship Business Intelligence Router Saving Money Wireless Password Twitter Workplace Tips Chrome Access Control Government Paperless Office Word Marketing Data Management Automation Analytics VoIP Phishing Networking Virtualization Office 365 Information Patch Management Settings Gmail Data Breach Vulnerability Business Continuity BDR Managed Service Blockchain Excel Compliance Net Neutrality Computers BYOD Cost Management IT Support Company Culture Productivity Artificial Intelligence Remote Monitoring Politics How To Voice over Internet Protocol Law Enforcement Wireless Charging Remote Monitoring and Management Data Protection Website WiFi Cybercrime Windows Physical Security Managed IT Service G Suite Healthcare Scam Value Medical IT Upgrade Telephony Tech Terms Connectivity Battery Facebook Data Security Dark Web Spam Mobility Mobile Device Management Cortana Retail Virtual Assistant App Tip of the week Remote Computing Virus Hacking VPN Workers eCommerce Hiring/Firing WannaCry Environment Antivirus Time Management Spam Blocking Business Technology Server Management Downloads Eliminating Downtime Backup and Disaster Recovery Plug-In Payment Copy Apple Ink Personal Information Telecommuting Tech Support Phone System Cables Security Cameras News Safety Work/Life Balance Document Management Tactics Education Smart Technology Error Employees Multi-Factor Security Conferencing Websites Microsoft Teams Wireless Internet Licensing Online Shopping HIPAA Managed IT e-waste Chrome OS Email Management Sales Trends Botnet SSD Proactive IT instant Messaging Paste iPhone Office Tips IT budget Automobile PowerPoint SaaS Troubleshooting Millennials Managing Stress Wearables Telephone System Digital Internet Explorer Touchscreen Solid State Drive Content Filtering Help Desk Travel Hard Drive disposal Reporting Human Resources Tablet Big Data Machine Learning A.I. Staffing Hard Drives Inventory Vulnerabilities IT Management Sports Update Dongle Gadget Edge Threat Information Technology Microsoft Office 365 Hard Disk Drive Customer Service Certification Live Streaming Server Processors Employee-Employer Relationship Knowledge Telecommute Movies Lead Generation Mobile Security Analysis Cryptocurrency Telephone Systems File Sharing Google Maps Printer Server Outlook Files Bring Your Own Device Shortcut Amazon Remote Support Laptop Printing Entertainment Biometrics Authentication Video User Tip WhatsApp Spyware Disaster Recovery GDPR Electronic Health Records Google Drive Comparison Data loss Unified Communications Recovery Voice over IP Operating System Maintenance Remote Control User Security Network Attached Storage Streaming Media Cleaning Printers Profitability Technology Tips Hybrid Cloud CrashOverride E-Commerce Hosted Solution Spotify Paper Access Authorization Two-factor Authentication Training HP Database Storage Health Specifications Staff RAM Emergency Money Augmented Reality Computer Care Wireless Technology 5G Employer Employee Relationship Quick Tips IBM Fun Hacker Regulation The Internet of Things Freedom of Information Gaming Console Budget Scalability Competition Customer Relationship Management IP Address Encryption Synergy Yahoo Video Games Worker IaaS Credit Cards Television Search Mobile Office Vendor Management Emoji Autocorrect Printer Domains HaaS Avoiding Downtime Scheduling Unified Threat Management Windows 10 Dark Data Windows 7 Public Speaking Samsung Managed Service Provider Current Events Presentation Leadership OneNote Lithium-ion battery Instagram DDoS

Newsletter Sign Up