Protecting your sensitive data and user data

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Keeping sensitive information secure 

from theft and vulnerability in today’s digital world isn’t as easy as putting a lock on the file cabinet – especially with the widespread adoption of cloud computing. Even if you take every precaution with your online accounts and identifying information, there are many ways that information can land in another individual or company’s data management systems, where it can then somehow be made vulnerable to data theft or data leakage.

The biggest mistake companies make when it comes to securing sensitive data 

The lack of understanding where their sensitive data resides because they have not set policies to systematically and consistently categorize their data, and consequently, they don’t have controls in place to ensure that all categories of data are handled appropriately.

For example, if a company has a policy that says any data set that contains personally identifying information is considered to be “sensitive” and has to be encrypted both in transit across a network and at rest, and the company has implemented technical controls to enforce that policy, it is very likely that the data set is safe.

The greatest security mistake organizations make

The leak was the result of a SharePoint-related issue – not with the SharePoint platform, but with governance decisions (i.e., who has access to what data), monitoring and oversight. In Snowden’s case, he copied gigabytes of data to thumb drives with little challenge. Snowden was given access to sensitive content that he shouldn’t have had access to for the purpose of carrying out his tasks. He was already inside the fortress.

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