There is an increasing number of ways in which big data is impacting the security of the Internet and also the information we put on it. The necessary firewalls and antivirus software that works well for basic tasks is no longer fool proof.
Companies need to be prepared for lack of data and document security. While there are systems that promise you the ability to keep your information secure, this does not always take into account that they do not follow any specific security rules. You may be using the wrong storage medium, use an untrusted third party to store your data, or get yourself into a situation where you are storing your data in an insecure place. According to a survey conducted by one of the leading audit companies, 32% of companies reported at least one loss of sensitive data due to data breaches, whereas 84% of the companies experienced severe cost impact due to data breaches.
Two decades of the rapid adoption of mobile computing have fundamentally changed how users of the Internet seek, navigate, store, and access content. Now the future of security in the cloud is moving at warp speed, with the increased deployment of storage technologies. data breaches and zero-day attacks are on the rise, and cloud hosting services are less secure than ever. A majority of companies experience data attacks thatare driven by advances in technology – these are attacks that could break major corporations and communications companies. And, many in the public are questioning whether public-facing online information is safe or can be easily compromised.
For years, security researchers and professionals have been recommending the use of strong authentication and authentication mechanisms for use with document protection systems. The security of digital files has been a long-standing topic in the industry, and many organizations know that with an appropriate document protection solution and the right approach to data security, confidential information contained within documents can be protected against breaches and attacks.
If a company experiences a breach, there are many possible steps it can take to contain it. And the right actions can help support a company to recover from the breach. Regardless of how a company reacts to the infringement, companies have the opportunity to empower their teams and data to control the damage proactively.
This year has seen a surge in attention to various forms of remote data exfiltration, which includes many of the ways we enter sensitive information to access data systems. Among this range of attacks, it can help to pay attention to the one that involves exposing passwords. This is a form of credential theft that has become more prevalent over the years and is one of the most common types of data attack. An increasing number of companies and organizations are beginning to think of DRM as an integral part of their overall business and business processes in securing documents and their digital footprint.
But there’s a big hurdle — many IT managers are not nearly as prepared as they should be to help their business survive and thrive as a result of the accelerated shift to digital. The rise of mobile internet services, mainly through device emulators or virtualized and cloud-based apps, have enabled multi-BYOD use which makes it harder for companies to police where there sensitive and confidential documents are being stored.
Simultaneously, data scientists are researching the threat landscape and introducing the idea of harnessing machine learning for data security. Some offer the prospect of developing systems that “learn” from security incidents in order to detect a particular pattern and notify the appropriate security resources for analysis. New data is revealed to detail how technology and law enforcement agencies are working together to tackle cybercrime.
Data security is a component of identity management and is one of the fundamental aspects of any data security program. Knowing what steps your business needs to take to make sure your data is protected, what steps you should take, and what you should do when an attacker gains access to your information is imperative to ensuring your business is equipped for the future.
When businesses adopt Digital Rights Management solutions to protect PDF files and confidential documents, they are taking a proactive step in controlling their document access and use. Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems protect your documents by ensuring only those authorized have access and that use of content is tightly controlled. Through PDF DRM, you can secure your documents by:
- Protecting data against unauthorized access
- Protecting personal data with access control and privacy technology
- Providing reliable IT security through policy enforcement, monitoring and intervention
- Keeping track of digital behaviour and content distribution
- Identifying information that users share, including data leaks, or be aware of and take appropriate measures to secure
- Enforcing compliance and data retention policies
- Ensuring data is preserved for documentation and access, extraction and communication by law enforcement.
The benefits of document DRM are many, including flexibility, remote management, rapid time to market, better security features, and higher capacity for risk mitigation.