How to Create a Data Security and Control Framework

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 9/27/2016

Data is the lifeblood of today’s digital businesses. Protecting corporate data from theft, misuse, and abuse is the top responsibility of every Security and Risk (S&R) leader, as noted in Forrester's Data Security and Privacy report. Data loss can result in hefty regulatory fines and has the potential to erase profits, destroy competitive advantage and results in unnecessary privacy abuses. Therefore businesses are under pressure to gain control over their data security.

These days, data is moving further and further from the network, as its increasingly stored on endpoints and in the cloud. The solution is to shift from a walled, perimeter-based security approach to a data-centric approach. As Forrester notes in their visionary report, a data-centric approach ensures that security travels with the data. This should hold true regardless of user population, location or even hosting model. Data breaches already happen too often, but digital businesses that are proactive about data security and privacy have a competitive advantage, as these organizations can harness the power of big data.

In the free report, you will learn:

  • How a data-centric approach can be a competitive differentiator
  • The failures of perimeter-based security
  • Forrester’s Data Security and Control Framework

Forrester has created a Data Security and Control Framework to help organizations understand how to implement a data-centric approach to security. The framework includes three parts: defining the data, dissecting and analyzing the data, and defending the data. Visibility is key to defining and defending your data. As Forrester notes, “to protect data, you must first know where users have stored it,” and it’s clear that users are taking it off the network: onto endpoints and the cloud. The first step is to know where your data resides. With this knowledge in hand, create automated alerts that look at data, device and user patterns to spot for potential threats.

Tools such as Absolute Data & Device Security (DDS) can help organizations quickly identify where data lives and to quickly identify and remediate potential security incidents. Absolute DDS offers a persistent connection to endpoint devices along with automated scans and alerts to detect devices and data at risk.

To learn more about how to create a data-centric approach to security, read the full Forrester report, The Future of Data Security and Privacy: Growth and Competitive Differentiation.

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