Data Security For the Hybrid Cloud

The objective of cybersecurity is to secure your company's data. The majority of attackers are after one thing, your data. Regardless of whether they are attempting to obtain data, encrypt data (ahem… ransomware), change data maliciously, or simply prevent you or your customers from accessing it—in the end, they're still after your data. If you prioritize securing technologies, tools, and users, you’re starting from the perimeter, the outside in—not the logical starting point—from the data or inside out. To defend your business from attackers you have to build out your security posture from the data out. That way you can not only understand external threat actors and potential supply chain threats, but you can also understand insider threats and their malicious intent. 

Cybersecurity from the Data Out

Every cybersecurity professional knows that understanding what they are trying to protect must be their first priority. What are their most sensitive or valuable data components? What might would-be attackers seek to obtain, change, or destroy? When data is increasingly your organization’s most important asset, the first step in building out a solid data centric cybersecurity program is to understand your data and its blast radius. 

Data Discovery and Classification at the Data Object Level

Security teams typically struggle to build out a defensible security program that reduces cyber risk exposure without being able to answer six core questions:

  • Where is our data?
  • What type of data do we have?
  • Who has access to the data?
  • How and where is our data being used?
  • How does the data flow through our environment?
  • What data do we need to protect at all costs?

Symmetry Systems DataGuard automatically classifies your sensitive data and groups it in a logical fashion. From here, you can visualize the location and flow of this data and all data objects within your environment. The insights that can be derived from an end-to-end overview of all your data across your on-premise and cloud data stores are undeniably powerful for all data driven teams within organizations. With this visibility, security teams can see precisely where their data is located, including in which geolocation, and what technologies or users can access the data in what way. Finally, DataGuard is able to validate if security tools and technologies have been properly configured to monitor your environment and protect it effectively.

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Cloud Data Security Posture Management - Finding Paths to Sensitive Data

A core concept in cybersecurity to protect your organization from cyberthreats is to understand your security posture and manage it effectively. Security teams need to put processes in place so that they can consistently protect applications, users, technologies, and data. To deploy consistent and productive cloud data security, security teams deploy DataGuard to:

  • Inspect data stores and detect all data at the data object level
  • Locate dormant data stores and identities
  • Identify and reduce over permissioned data stores and identities
  • Enhance the efficacy of least privilege projects
  • Keep constant track of data status (i.e. dormant or in use data, duplicate data, etc.)
  • Detecting and enforcing segregation of duty
  • Keep an eye on data integrity activities (e.g. data backups)

 

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By providing this information, DataGuard significantly simplifies cloud data security posture management. Security teams can deploy high-fidelity alerts to notify them if the data stores and identities display abnormal behavior, which might be an indication that the data is under attack. Additionally security teams can proactively clean up data stores and identities (i.e. removal or reallocation) based on highlighted risks. Moreover, security teams can detect and enforce segregation of duty, to ensure they have full control over role-based and data flow-based segregation of duties. After all, a core concept in data security is making sure that only the right users and technologies have access to the right data.

In addition, keeping close eyes on the status of data allows security teams to remove dormant or duplicate data to cut down unnecessary data security risk, narrow the data blast radius, and also cut down on data storage costs. Keeping close tabs on the successful and consistent completion of data integrity activities allows security teams to always understand their data’s integrity and enhances their ability to protect it. All in all, DataGuard empowers security teams to conduct constant checks on their data security infrastructure to keep tabs on all data and its security posture.

Reducing the Data Blast Radius With Data Security Posture Management – Control Your Sensitive Data Footprint

Inevitably Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) will be asked “what is our cyber risk exposure?” and “how strong is our security posture?” These are difficult questions to answer without a clear understanding of what you are protecting and its value. The focus on implementing and measuring the maturity of security capabilities at a macro level can likely only answer these questions superficially. A focus on data and data’s intrinsic value to an organization and its customers, provides a different lens to answer these questions quantifiably with data. These questions can be answered relatively easily with Symmetry Systems DataGuard, a Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) solution, which is designed to identify, enumerate, and visualize both the volume of individual data objects at risk, and the organization’s data security posture, or in other words, your cyber risk exposure.

DataGuard provides visual evidence of the change in overall risk to the business and its data security posture. By detecting data sprawl and privilege creep, security teams can understand changes in the potential data blast radius. They can quickly determine their data breach risk and a breach’s ability to spread.

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As a true DSPM solution, DataGuard helps security teams keep a close eye on their data security posture so that they can reduce their data blast radius by detecting and alerting on:

  • Potential data leakage, so that they can investigate and take corrective action
  • Cross-account data flows, so they can ensure only the right users with the right permissions can run operations on critical or protected data
  • Unusual data access, so that potential insider, third party, or vendor-based threats can be addressed before unauthorized users can attain sensitive data
  • Failed operations, which can help in detecting bad actors, compromised credentials, or applications that are generating false positives on account of misconfigurations

DataGuard doesn’t just stop there - it further prioritizes and explains in plain English what steps the business can take to minimize risk and secure the business from the data out.

Learn How DataGuard Can Help

Our customers use DataGuard to develop a complete understanding of:

  • What data they have.
  • Where it is located.
  • Who and what is entitled to it.
  • How it is secured.
  • In what manner it has been accessed.

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