Data security: Lessons from the front lines of breach research

IBM Ponemon data security breach study Softchoice

Data security is a continuous battle against malicious forces—one in which the key to a successful strategy is information.

Dr. Larry Ponemon, the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, has for more than a decade, been on the front lines of data security research.  His organization’s 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis has telling intelligence for us to take to the trenches in our own fight against malware and privacy threats.

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Why Endpoint Security Is More Vital Than Ever.

Why Endpoint Security Is More Vital Than Ever. Enter DLP.

Data loss prevention (DLP) software is more important than ever

The intricacies and importance of data loss prevention (DLP) software are rarely part of overall public discussions. While IT experts and enterprise leaders are all too familiar with the need to have comprehensive and robust endpoint security in their networks, the average person probably doesn’t think twice about the effort that goes into the systems they use and access on a daily basis.

That is, until something goes wrong. [Read more…]

Fight Back Against Data Loss and Endpoint Breaches [Symantec]

Research from the Ponemon Institute tells us that for the first time in seven years, the cost of data breaches from malicious attacks decreased to an average of “only” $5.5 million, down from $7.2 million the year before. While that’s positive news, more than a third of breaches were as a result of lost or stolen devices, including endpoints like laptops or USB drives that contained sensitive information. As portable devices continue to become pre-eminent, sensitive information will continue to be at risk.

Plus, besides malicious attacks and endpoint breaches, companies also continue to face tremendous pressure to comply with increasing regulation and legislation.

So what are organizations to do? Data loss prevention (DLP) is still about proactively protecting information and that means continuing to answer three key questions:

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