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Crafting a Data Loss Prevention Policy

Don't overlook this strategy as part of your comprehensive data security toolkit

Securing sensitive data is a top priority for every organization, and there are many factors necessary to create an inclusive approach to cybersecurity, making it easy to miss small details that make a big difference. Data loss prevention is part of a comprehensive data security strategy, but do you have a data loss prevention policy? The entire premise of your cybersecurity system relies on a functional policy. Without that, even the best security network won’t protect you against malicious attacks.

Tools vs. policy: What’s the difference?
Data loss prevention is a broad term that generalizes how classified information is identified, stored, and tracked, along with how unauthorized access is prevented. Within every data loss prevention plan, there should always be a policy that guides how those within your organization interact with data. Compliance and regulations are top considerations, but a data loss prevention policy should also break down how employees share and access information via in-house and remote networks.

Preventing malicious attacks starts with a prevention policy.
Technology is undeniably an asset, but it can also be a weakness. Now that data can be accessed from any location with the use of mobile devices and laptops, organizations struggle to maintain security at every access point. A data loss prevention policy establishes rules that hinder the theft of consumer data and protect an organization from regulatory fines. An organization can also track how information is used within their established policies, improving the cybersecurity strategy overall.

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