They have no value if they remain in the bottom of a drawer or in a directory on the computer.
Companies and institutions are equally affected today by the three main risks to data: confidentiality, integrity and availability. Storm Shielda European benchmark in the cybersecurity market, exposes how it is possible to protect them with appropriate practices and the most effective solution.
Data is worthless if it sits in the back of a drawer or in a directory on your computer. Furthermore, they are often only important if they are shared. And it is during these exchanges that they are most vulnerable as they leave the theoretically protected enclave of their storage device.
To secure them, end-to-end data encryption allows information to be read only by the sender and recipient of the information, preventing intruders from accessing unencrypted data. But for this encryption to be effective and for data protection to be completely independent of storage, the protection keys used to encrypt the files must be the sole and exclusive property of the company. However, the new mobile work practices and the widespread use of collaborative tools mean that some data is not protected from end to end by the company.
When certain online office suites are used in SaaS mode, a separate data encryption solution can help ensure the confidentiality of data in transit. However, given the popularity of these office suites, the challenge for solution providers is to integrate them properly, without undermining the user experience and information protection. Once the files and emails are protected, the data can now be encrypted end-to-end directly in web browsers, says Borja Prez, Country Manager Stormshield Iberia.
The importance of backups and access rights
If data encryption can protect integrity and confidentiality, what about availability? It should not be overlooked that, although they are encrypted, freely accessible data can be deleted. Therefore, an effective backup will be the first step to ensure its availability, followed by a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) or a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) stored in a secure space, digital or not.
Crucial will also be managing access rights, to ensure that only authorized people can access sensitive data, both internally and externally. However, it is a complex issue, since Identity and Access Management (IAM) involves all those responsible for each department or business line of a company. Each of them must be able to determine who on their team has access to what and for what. A simple prospect at first glance, but given the increasing number of tools and company turnover, managing all these privileges can quickly become a huge task. However, it is a task that contributes to the security of the company.
To preserve the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive information, companies must take a simple and effective approach. Stormshield Data Security solutions are easy to use, adapt to different work practices and new technologies, and ensure the safety of sensitive data. In this way, the data remains safe and sensitive information remains confidential, adds Borja Prez.
Confidentiality, integrity and availability
Indeed, Stormshield Data Security solves the three challenges described above: confidentiality, integrity and availability.
Stormshield uses end-to-end encryption to protect corporate data, from local file security to email security to internal company collaboration spaces. In this way, the information can only be read by the sender and recipient, regardless of the specific transfer method (email, USB key, etc.) or device (workstation, tablet, mobile) used. This guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of information and ensures transparent and easy-to-use protection against man-in-the-middle attacks, malicious administrative acts and data leakage.
In addition, Stormshield’s data protection offering, accredited to the highest European level, seamlessly integrates with business communication and collaboration tools, including local or shared directories and messaging systems, ensuring the best adoption rate. possible.
Finally, Stormshield Data Protection, available in Enterprise or Cloud & Mobility versions, is designed as an all-in-one solution. Its administration, key management and logging functions allow IT security to be implemented and managed independently on a day-to-day basis, thus ensuring full control.