Around 60% of data loss occurs as a result of insider attacks. Since insiders are employees that already have access to the company premises, the easiest targets once they've entered the organization perimeter, are endpoints.
Data loss via endpoints can occur from incidents such as corruption of hard drives, exploitation of inherent vulnerabilities in popular web applications installed on the target computer or the utilization of devices like flash drives or printers to covertly transfer sensitive data. These endpoint-related threat vectors are amongst the most common reasons for data loss in general. To prevent them, a robust Endpoint DLP Plus solution is required which can proactively combat insider threats.
As external and internal cyberattacks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, traditional Endpoint DLP Plus solutions won't suffice. ManageEngine Endpoint DLP Plus is a versatile software that is designed with contingency planning in mind such that admins can easily configure detailed policies so that data is protected in a wide variety of scenarios.
The following includes some use cases to illustrate the efficacy of ManageEngine Endpoint DLP Plus policies
Expedient detection of sensitive data - All sensitive data is immediately detected across all managed endpoints within the network. To aid admins in keeping up to date and making sure all critical information is tracked and that nothing slips under the radar, the locations of both previously archived and newly added data will be discovered by periodic, scheduled scanning.
Streamlining of the data classification approach - In the interest of operative efficiency, after the initial steps of selecting pre-defined templates or configuring settings for custom templates, data can be automatically found and categorized for admins to gain better insight with respect to organizational requirements and types of policies to create & implement.
Stop the illicit usage of USB devices - Most employees have at least one personal USB device that they can use to transfer data. This action can be difficult to track or recover from once the data has already been leaked. To avoid this, Endpoint DLP Plus enables admins to disable the usage of flash drives on endpoints containing critical data.
Avert the download of physical copies of sensitive data - If USB devices don't work, insiders can look to printing physical versions to sneak out of the organization. It is recommended that only a few printers are in use and out of those, with Endpoint DLP Plus, you can decide whether they will be permitted to process sensitive content.
Prevent content transfer via email - If physically extracting data doesn't work, insiders can look to sending it through a personal or newly created email address. However, Endpoint DLP Plus provisions the whitelisting of select trusted email domains so that uploading or sending data to unrecognized email recipients can be stopped prematurely.
Restrict browser usage for better web control - There are many browsers available currently that fit certain needs but Endpoint DLP Plus allows you to pick just a few that should be allowed within your organization and for processing sensitive data. This makes it harder for outsiders to exploit vulnerabilities in lesser known browsers and stealing cached data such as passwords etc but also employees from leaking data from lack of awareness.
Prevent data transfer via cloud applications - Sometimes files can be too large to transfer using email or auxiliary devices so another method would be to upload to third-party cloud services. Endpoint DLP Plus can be availed to preemptively stop content transfer to unsanctioned cloud storage, platforms or other miscellaneous applications.
Separate personal and corporate content without user inconvenience - Generally, it is recommended that a boundary is established for company content so that it isn't transferred to personal apps or workspaces. Because employees often use the same device for both personal and company use, Endpoint DLP Plus allows admins to designate certain applications as enterprise friendly so that content from those apps can't be transferred to other unapproved apps. This way, employees can use their computers without too much restriction and the sensitive content will remain securely encapsulated in the authorized apps.
Ban screenshots & screen recordings using clipboard tools - Users can also attempt to grab screenshots of sensitive data. To prevent this with Endpoint DLP Plus, admins can ban all clipboard tools by designating them as not enterprise friendly. While they can be used for sharing or editing personal content, sensitive company content will be off limits.
Get alerts and audit data for enhanced visibility - Once the policies are set, Endpoint DLP Plus consistently provides audit data that can sent to email or opened within the console itself for easy access. These extensive reports allow for in-depth analysis of user and data patterns. For matters that require urgent actions, admins will also instantly receive alerts.
Provisions to get employee feedback to improve policies - With DLP implementation, it is inevitable to get requests for exceptions or slight modifications in situations where for example, an ordinary file has been marked as non-sensitive. In these circumstances, it's better to err on the side of caution especially since Endpoint DLP Plus enables admins to efficiently address false positive user requests and edit policies when necessary.
Accommodate evolving user requirements and maintain productivity - For trusted employees who frequently need to transfer data, sending false positives each time might not be needed. In these cases, they can opt to override after providing a brief justification that the admin can review at a later time.
Meet the criteria for compliance goals - When organizations deal with sensitive information such as PII or PHI, they have to abide by international standards. With Endpoint DLP Plus's policy building capabilities, admins can get closer to accomplishing company compliance goals and adhering to industry regulations such GDPR and HIPPA.
Enforce rules even when offline during remote work - Rest assured that with Endpoint DLP Plus, all the implemented policies will work even when offline or when using endpoints in personal or public spaces with no VPN. This is especially useful considering how prevalent remote work is.
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