Who is Responsible for a Data Leakage?
Indonesia experienced another data leakage incident. Suprisingly, the data of 279 million of Indonesian citizens was allegedly leaked. When we look back from a point in the past, data leakage incidents almost happen every year. It seems like there are no right solutions to overcome these cybersecurity challenges, even if everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.
For that matter, who is responsible for a data leakage? Then, is it true that there are no solutions to prevent another data leakage incidents?
People who are responsible for a data leakage
Data leakage occurs when an attacker from outside your organization gets into your IT ecosystem and steals private or sensitive information.Therefore, if a data leakage incident happens, first we need to ask the organizations about the credibility of their security sistem: have they been implemented adequate security system?
In this case, an organization is the first party who responsible for data leakage incidents. So, they need to take preventive and comprehensive steps to store the data of their customers, employees, and business partners.
If they have been implemented better security strategy, then they need to build cyber security awareness to every related parties – both for customers, employees, and business partners.
Tips for organizations to prevent data leakage incidents
There are 5 tips for organizations to protect their valuable assets – data from customers and internal parties. Here are the details:
1. Data classification
The first tips for organizations to prevent data leakage is classify their data. Absolutely, they have huge amount of data, but all data should not be treated equally. Therefore, every organization need to classify about the data that need to be protected. Data classification will make them easier to start their data security strategy.
2. Protect all devices
Another tip for organizations to avoid data leakage is protect all employees’ devices. As more employees work from home, the vulnerability will be much bigger because they operate on the outside of company’s network.
An organization needs to implement email and web security, network security, and endpoint security (link to related articles) on all employees’ devices, especially for devices that are used to manage important and sensitive data.
3. Secure your data in the cloud
The next step is secure your data in the cloud. Nowadays, more businesses use cloud to store their data. Therefore, it is their responsibility to give better protection for it. Cloud security solution is the right solution to overcome these challenges.
4. Implement access control
Unauthorized access is a nightmare for IT teams, yet it occurs frequently in enterprise IT environment. Therefore, implementing access control to privileged users must be an organization’s top priority. In this case, organizations can implement Identity Access Management (IAM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions.
The functions of IAM solution are like the “front door” where companies can control the right access of general users such as employees and business partner on multiple applications and systems. Whereas, the functions are PAM solution are like the “management”, where companies can control, monitor, and audit all activities of privileged access – user who has higher levels of access within a system.
5. Last but not least, implement data loss prevention solutions
Data loss prevention is an IT security solution that adds more security layers to sensitive data, and make it inaccessible to those who are not authorized to use it.
Data loss prevention helps organizations to prevent data leakage incidents through the continuous monitoring on endpoint, network, and cloud.
A data leakage incident brings many disadvantages for both customers and related organizations. For organizations, they will experience material and non-material damages. Actually, non-material damages are more dangerous than the material damages, because this kind of damage will affect the customer’s trust to the brand or the business itself.
Organizations can prevent or eliminate the risk of data leakage if they implement the right security strategy. To sum up, as a party who is more responsible for a data leakage, organizations need to implement better security system by working together with professional IT security teams.
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