With exponentially increased adversary threat activities against our government institutions, ensuring that risks to agency data are minimized is a critical mission now. Sensitive data exposure and loss to foreign actors, criminals, and others jeopardizes agencies public trust, endangers constituent safety, threatens personally Identifiable Information (PII), and degrades national security. And while policies and budgets are increasingly focusing on cybersecurity, government officials must consider that:
All cybersecurity programs must have a layered, defense-in-depth approach but there is no silver bullet, regardless of the number and types of security tools deployed. So, agencies must address risks to agency data at the source, in addition to deploying intrusion detection systems and intrusion protection tools, endpoint security, packet capture, network monitoring, SIEM and zero trust capabilities.
Essential Ingredient: Data Security and Privacy Governance Framework
Attacks on agencies require risk insights into threat vectors with intelligence to govern security and privacy. Establishing a data security and privacy governance framework early helps enable enterprises to implement their data privacy strategy by operationalizing security and privacy controls. This approach helps reduce data risk exposure using a reliable, repeatable methodology that scales across an organization, while remaining flexible for future security and privacy mandates.
Enterprises must be able to identify and classify sensitive information with the automation needed to gain context of location, use, ownership, and other insights to make intelligent decisions that help to minimize risk of data misuse or loss, as data is increasingly leveraged across more applications and users. If you agree with Aristotle’s timeless advice that “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” then in terms of data protection that wisdom is derived from the ability to:
3 Keys to Overcoming Common Data Security and Protection Pain Points
When planning and operationalizing a data-centric approach to security, government agency leaders face a plethora of challenges and conflicting demands on their resources that include:
A solutions-based approach can deliver relief from many of these pain points. Executives and practitioners should ask three key questions during their solutions planning process:
Three key steps to address these questions include:
Close the Gap and Protect Your Crown Jewels
Jump-start your data protection and privacy program to discover data at risk, monitor and understand data proliferation, and orchestrate remediation. Accomplish your organizational goals by operationalizing automated sensitive data privacy and protection. Meet the need for a consistent, reliable approach as global, federal, and state data protection and privacy threats and mandates continue to evolve for reducing threat exposure.
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