The real problem is that, at any given time, you have no way of knowing all the places to look for sensitive data in a complex enterprise environment.
After all, data usage is extremely dynamic and constantly evolving.
It's also an expectation your customers have.
This much is obvious - to fulfill on your charter, you need to get a clear picture of how your data is being stored, processed, and shared in near real-time.
With partial information about data comes only partial governance. In this case, you really can’t be fully compliant.
This is true for all of your data. Not just some of it.
And we'll say it again: unknown data is unknown risk. And this kind of risk is bad for business.
Your network and infrastructure change rapidly. Using network analytics helps your company discover sensitive data and its uses, even the data you didn't know existed - both structured or unstructured.
Ongoing discovery allows you to identify sensitive data, misused or misplaced copies, and data that is transmitted to unknown or unauthorized destinations.
With comforte’s discovery and classification solution, you can discover ALL your data, automatically and without relying on any organizational knowledge or preconceived notions.
It allows you to catalog your company’s sensitive data continuously and accurately.
Using a system that understands what is in your data helps your organization lower the risk, monetize it, then protect it, all while maintaining compliance.
In the process of data classification, you can also identify redundant, duplicative data. You're able to save storage costs by reducing the footprint of all your data while closing up potential security-risk outliers.
Unstructured sensitive data – data not in a structured database – is particularly vulnerable to hackers. That's because it's hiding amongst lots of other data. Classification makes it easier to protect with easier policy creation and application of protection methods.
Use data analytics, file analysis, machine learning (ML), and other automation techniques to identify valuable and sensitive data – either structured or unstructured - that's interrelated.
This allows you to find and associate data – no matter the source – with data subjects and makes it easier for you to decide if you want to protect it.
Your enterprise data needs to be secure - independent of applications, databases, and platforms. At rest, in motion, or in use.
This is the only way you're able to take complete control of sensitive data and therefore lower compliance costs and significantly reduce the risk of data breaches.Learn more
"Protecting data requires knowing where data is, and knowing what it is. You can’t protect what you don’t know exists."
Read this solution brief to learn more about how to detect and analyze usage of sensitive data across your organization.