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Requirements of a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) System

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There is a right time and a wrong time to wonder how hackers, cyber thieves, or other malicious actors could possibly get past your organization’s defenses and start helping themselves to your data, or doing other damage to your network or systems. The right time is right now. Today. You want to be aware of this possibility and acting on it before any damage is done. The wrong time is on a Monday morning, before your first cup of coffee, when your entire business is reeling from a breach which has already occurred.

Unfortunately, that possibility is all too real; the threat is a growing one.

  • 64,437 SECURITY INCIDENTS reported
  • 5.5 MILLION DOLLARS Average cost of data breach
  • 95 COUNTRIES Victimized
  • 614 DATA BREACHES In 2013, a 30% increase over 2012 (est.)
  • 80 % INCREASE 2013 Internal data theft incidents

While there are a variety of causes of data breaches, some recent studies indicate that the three most common initiators of data breaches are:

1. Well-intentioned victims, who cause the breach with no intention of doing so, usually through careless actions. These are most often security policy violations.

2. External parties, where an adversary finds a weakness in the institution’s defenses, exploits that weakness, and steals.

3. Malicious insiders who have the same motivations as any other cyber-thieves, but who have the advantage of working from the inside. This group is the fastest growing segment; the incidents they cause are often some of the costliest data breaches.

Defending against data breach requires a strategy that focuses on identifying the precursors and indications of malicious actors early on. An effective Data Loss Prevention (DLP) strategy consists of five core steps:

1. Collect All Data – Collect data from across the enterprise in order to produce a complete threat picture. Many organizations collect data in a variety of forms and formats at different locations and then never bring it all together. Collection of all relevant data is essential for analysis of known and identification of as-yet unidentified threats.

2. Correlate – Understanding activities of advanced threat actors requires correlation of base sets of data such as Netflow with Intrusion Detection System (IDS), contextual, statistical information on past observations, and threat data sources such as known exploits for a given port. Analysis of the major data breaches of 2013 show that data correlation was a major challenge for the victim organizations.

3. Identify Threat Activity Early – Develop techniques and analytics for identifying threat actors as early in the “Compromise process” as possible. In many cases, the scanning and probing will occur over time – which requires network defense organizations to work with more data to detect these activities.

4. Watch “High Value Target” transmission patterns – Identify High Value Targets on networks and monitor all interaction patterns with other hosts, with an eye for any change, no matter how subtle. Monitor what malicious actors learn – Reconstruction of a network attack requires analysis of what systems malicious actors are interested in and what they have learned about those systems.

5. Monitor what malicious actors learn – Reconstruction of a network attack requires analysis of what systems malicious actors are interested in and what they have learned about those systems.

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One comment on “Requirements of a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) System

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    July 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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