Securing Mixed Data Environments with Data Security Posture Management

The ever-growing complexity of IT infrastructure and the constant evolution of security threats have left organizations vulnerable to various data breaches and cyber-attacks. To stay protected, businesses should take an adaptive and risk-based approach to data security—this is where Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) comes into play.

In this blog, we will discuss the importance of DSPM, its role in securing mixed data environments, and how Dasera, an industry-leading data security platform, can help you strengthen your organization's security posture.

Organizations process and store data across numerous platforms, environments, and tools as the data landscape becomes increasingly diverse. This increased complexity brings with it the need for effective data security posture management, encompassing data classification, data access policies, data encryption, and security monitoring.

Key Takeaway: DSPM aims to minimize the risk of data breaches, loss, and unauthorized access by providing visibility and prioritization into your organization's data assets and ensuring that effective data security controls are in place.

Consider this feedback from a CISO of a healthcare company: "Ever since implementing Dasera's DSPM solutions, our organization has felt more confident in our data security measures. It's a game-changer for businesses dealing with complex data infrastructures."

A mature data security posture can safeguard sensitive information and contribute to meeting compliance regulations. However, achieving this level of security for mixed environments poses challenges. Organizations leveraging multiple data sources, platforms, and tools may find it challenging to maintain consistent security policies. This creates vulnerabilities in protections, leaving opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit.

Dasera's data security platform can help mitigate these risks by automating the discovery, classification, and protection of sensitive data. By providing real-time visibility into your organization's data assets, Dasera allows informed, risk-based decisions concerning data security policies and practices.

Why DSPM is Essential for Today's Businesses:

With an increasing number of high-profile data breaches making headlines, safeguarding sensitive information is more critical than ever.

A comprehensive DSPM strategy bridges the gap between data security and IT risk management.

DSPM helps regain control over data assets and ensures secure storage and access. It plays a crucial role in regulatory compliance, including GDPR, CCPA, and HIPAA. DSPM empowers organizations to make informed decisions about their IT infrastructure.

Real-Time Visibility into Data Security and Risk Posture:

Real-time visibility into data security and risk posture is critical to DSPM. Dasera aims to give organizations a dynamic and granular view of their security posture to facilitate risk-based decision-making. With access to essential information—such as the nature, location, and protection status of sensitive data—organizations can take prompt and informed actions to mitigate risks.

Dasera's platform offers a real-time view of the data access permissions and usage behavior within mixed data environments. It helps identify potential threats by continuously monitoring activities and alerting organizations to suspicious access, overprivileged users, or risky data-sharing practices. This makes it easier for businesses to prevent unauthorized access, data leaks, and breaches in multi-platform environments.

Automated Discovery, Classification, and Protection of Sensitive Data:

Another critical component of DSPM is the accurate identification, classification, and tagging of sensitive data. To provide comprehensive protection for sensitive information, it's crucial to understand the risk level associated with each data asset. However, manually identifying and classifying data can be time-consuming, error-prone, and difficult to keep up to date as your organization's data environment evolves.

Dasera automates this process by scanning your organization's data repositories, both on-premises and in the cloud, to detect and classify sensitive data, such as financial records, personal information, and intellectual property. Dasera categorizes data assets based on their sensitivity and risk, making it easier for organizations to prioritize protection efforts.

Mitigating the Risk of Insider Threats with Continuous Monitoring:

One of the most overlooked aspects of data security is the risk posed by insider threats. Employees, contractors, or partners with legitimate access to your organization's data can inadvertently or intentionally cause data breaches, loss, or theft. Continuous monitoring plays a significant role in an effective DSPM strategy.

Dasera's platform monitors user behavior within mixed data environments by analyzing data access patterns, permissions, and usage trends. The platform can identify potentially malicious or negligent actions and trigger timely alerts, allowing security teams to take appropriate action before a breach occurs. This continuous monitoring capability will enable organizations to reinforce their data security posture and build trust in their capacity to safeguard sensitive information.

Streamlined Data Security Compliance with Policy Management and Reporting:

Compliance with data protection regulations and industry standards is a growing concern for many organizations managing diverse data environments. DSPM can help simplify compliance efforts by providing transparency into data security operations and enabling organization-wide adherence to required guidelines and protocols.

Dasera facilitates compliance management by automating policy enforcement, ensuring your organization's data security efforts align with industry regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. Additionally, Dasera's dashboard provides comprehensive reports on the effectiveness of implemented data protection controls, enabling businesses to demonstrate compliance with both internal and external audits.

Enhancing Data Security with Dasera and DSPM

Data Security Posture Management is essential to any organization's data security strategy, especially in mixed environments. Dasera's data security platform provides businesses with the tools to effectively discover, classify, manage, and prioritize the sensitive data that could expose you to exfiltration vs which sensitive data are just hygiene.

By implementing a robust DSPM strategy with Dasera's platform, organizations can enhance their data security posture, minimize the risk of breaches and data loss, and maintain compliance with ever-evolving data protection regulations. With evolving threats, now is the time to prioritize data security by adopting a DSPM-centered strategy and partnering with Dasera to safeguard your organization's sensitive information.

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Key Takeaways:

  • DSPM provides an adaptive and risk-based approach to data security.
  • Dasera offers solutions for the challenges posed by mixed data environments.
  • The platform offers real-time visibility, automated discovery, continuous monitoring, and simplified compliance efforts.
  • Partnering with Dasera can significantly enhance an organization's data security posture.

David Mundy