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Data Loss Prevention Solutions are essential for complying with GDPR

With the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, Data Loss Prevention solutions are fundamental allies for protecting and controlling sensitive data.
Published on 2017-12-18

In preparation for the coming into effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies need to enhance the security of the sensitive data they are storing, as well as assuring greater control. These are fundamental criteria of the GDPR that Data Loss Prevention (DLP) systems can help to comply with.

The implementation of DLP policies is practically compulsory, under the requirements of the GDPR, namely to prevent uncontrolled or unauthorized use of sensitive data. One of the main directives of the new GDPR, places the burden of responsibility on companies, for any potential security failures that lead to the violation of personal data. From May 2018 onward, once the GDPR is in effect, companies can no longer blame third parties. With the hefty fines written into law, the ideal is to implement measures that can avoid any gaps.

In this context, DLP solutions are crucial, allowing you to design an intervention strategy to protect sensitive data, and control who can access this data and how they can be handled. The DLP tools provide the Information Systems’ security officer control over the data, enabling the implementation of restrictive access policies, blocking undesired transfers, non-authorized copies, or event screen captures. Its intervention centres on the point of greater risk, the endpoint, detecting potential ex-filtration data transfers, i.e., the non-authorized extraction of data.

Data Loss Prevention enhances endpoint security

The systematization of Data Loss Prevention processes, not only allows you to monitor and block confidential data when they are being used in endpoint actions, but also controls network traffic, when the data is being transferred, as well as when they are simply stored on a data base. This enables tracking for all data exit points, from cloud and email applications to portable devices, allowing you to view where the confidential data is going to and who is processing them.

DLP solutions are a powerful ally in preventing external attacks, such as ransomware, or other types of malware, but also in cases of human action, due to negligence, or internal malicious actions. They allow you to identify suspicious activity before they occur, which means they help avoid serious losses in time and money, and fines for non-compliance with the GDPR. By including data encryption tools, they strengthen security, keeping data unreadable for potential attackers.

The GDPR forces companies to assume a completely new approach in its data structure. DLP policies play an essential role in this process, covering several threat scenarios and enabling full compliance with the GDPR, when complemented with more comprehensive solutions. Eurotux can help your company find the best DLP solution to help comply with the future legislation. Our technical team is highly specialized in Information System protection, with a vast experience in scalable solutions, adapted to suit each customer’s needs.

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