Category Archives: DATA EXFILTRATION

False Promise of Blanket Encryption

The false promise of blanket encryption Why data needs to be inspected before its put under lock and key With cyber-attacks on the rise and compliance with regulatory regimes like HIPAA and GDPR becoming more urgent, businesses have been turning to encryption as a catch-all tactic to ensure IP and personal data are protected. Make…
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP) 2019

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP) 2019 Where is it? It’s summer 2019, so where is the latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP)?  It turns out that the last and final Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention (DLP) report was published early Feb. 2017.[i] That dated report is…
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Data Security & Source Code Protection

As far as sensitive data goes, few pieces of information rank higher then program source code.

Source code is highly sensitive proprietary information, making up the program instructions for any application in their original form.

The More Sensitive, the Bigger the Risk

For years, security experts have been pointing to the risks of exposed source code.

Two elements in particular make source code a major potential liability. The first and more obvious is the intellectual property element.     Creators stand to lose the investment in producing programs as well as all potential future profits if source code is lost.

The second factor is that source code can be manipulated.   Not only can changes be made to the software’s functions and tools, but malicious elements such as Trojans and backdoors can be inserted as well.   These compromised code sets are then used to mass produce the software in machine code form, i.e. the form in which they're purchased by the common user.

Surprisingly, many developers still use primitive security measures, despite the many examples of stolen or maliciously modified programs.

The Conventional Approach and its Holes

Today, the market has produced several source code repositories, many of them open source. Hosts such as Assembla, Microsoft’s Azure DevOps, and the increasingly popular GitHub are just a few of the options out there.

Unfortunately, the run-of-the-mill source code host has its downsides.

First off, many of these platforms leave issues in tracking and locating code once the code is uploaded.  Some even require the downloading of external apps to search for code sets. For organizations that need fast reliable access to stored code, the way in which many hosts are structured can prove to be a liability.

 

Security Vulnerabilities

In addition to the logistical setbacks, IT professionals have also pointed to the security vulnerabilities of common source code hosts.   For one, many sites are made vulnerable by the errors of their administrators, which can in turn potentially compromise the entire platform.    Additionally, there is often no way to track and classify access to code stored on the hosts.    Developers and other team members are able to freely access code and even execute changes to it.     The lack of policy and enforcement protocols exponentializes the insider threat and the risk of data exfiltration.

Protect my source code Now

 

Cloud Data Protection

The shift to the cloud.   It’s one of the IT world’s fastest growing trends. Cloud storage has brought about a revolution in data management, allowing enterprises to store and process large quantities of data without dealing with the costs and maintenance of on-site hardware. More importantly, the cloud has given the modern, mobile workforce…
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Zero Trust Data Protection

Zero Trust Data Protection Out with the Old Conventional security models, those based on firewalls, IDS, and the like, operate on the outdated assumption that "everything on the inside of an organization’s network can be trusted".   The contemporary threat landscape facing IT has shown that this is simply not true.   The increased attack…
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