Watching the drama unfold with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks reminds me of the James Bond and Bourne movies. Government secrets are revealed, diplomatic cables are leaked and unknown “agencies” are closing in on their target. But while the diplomatic theatrics unfold, there is a lesson to be learned here for governments and businesses alike – Protect Your Data.
Protecting corporate and government data is serious business. Threats can come from both disgruntled employees looking for retribution, as well as from external sources looking to profit from confidential information or looking to teach businesses and governments a lesson.
While James Bond movies are known for sophisticated gadgetry, protecting confidential information can be a lot simpler. In fact, Accellion offers a few basic steps that will go a long way to keeping files secure within your organization:
• Ban the use of thumb-drives and CDs.
• Block access to personal file transfer sites.
• Provision users with a secure file transfer account to use for any file transfers – this way you’ll know just who received what files and when.
• Integrate a data loss prevention (DLP) solution with your secure file transfer system. DLP solutions allow you to discover sensitive content, monitor its use on the network and enforce corporate policies to ensure its protection.
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