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Why DLP and Behavior Analytics Fall Short of Zero Trust: And what you can do about it

Six steps to meet your Zero Trust standardsVendors working to safeguard sensitive documents are struggling to bring traditional solutions up to Zero Trust standards. It’s because Zero Trust sets a higher bar for sensitive data control and protection. Technologies underlying today’s solutions weren’t meant to scale to meet the challenges of the hybrid workplace. And their approaches don’t protect data with strong enough methods.

Today’s DLP, CASB, and EPP solutions sit at data ingress/egress points applying rules and analytics as sensitive data moves about. But sensitive files find their way to third parties, unmanaged BYODs, and unsanctioned cloud services where data is accessed, used, and stored outside the corporate lens.

That’s a real problem for Zero Trust since it relies on constant visibility and continuous monitoring for context about users, applications, data usage, and devices to detect anomalous events. It’s the basis for adaptive risk assessments that decide if, and how much access a user merits. It won’t work if you lose sight of sensitive files and who uses them.

Another problem is that traditional approaches try to control data, not protect data. DLP and behavior analytics query and assess files to make sure they follow rules or check for anomalous events, but don’t usually protect the data itself. Exposed data is exfiltrated and goes undetected for weeks if not months. That’s not Zero Trust. You need to explicitly deny access until verified.

How does Fasoo overcome these challenges to make Zero Trust for data security a reality?

Fasoo’s approach is different. We push controls and security closest to what needs protection – the file – so safeguards travel with the file. Binding control and protection to the file ensure visibility is never lost, and policies are consistent across the hybrid workplace.

We employ data loss prevention and behavior analytics fortified with always-present encryption. And even more advanced methods to guard data in use, a real insider threat challenge.

The continuity enabled by our file-centric approach makes it easier for Zero Trust standards to flow across the hybrid workplace. Our approach and methods are superior to our competitors and deliver true Zero Trust Data Security.

Here’s how our file-centric approach and these six key control and protection methods enhance your data security stack and put you on the path to Zero Trust.

1. Encrypt Sensitive Files Without Exception.

This seems an obvious need for an explicit-based model dealing with sensitive data. Don’t ask the new hire to decide. Use centralized policies and automated processes to transparently discover, classify, and encrypt sensitive files when users create or modify them. Hold the keys centrally so users don’t control your data, you do.

2. User Access, Least Privilege Access.

Letting an insider wander through a document repository or folders to access files is too implicit. Automatically assign and control user access to the file when and wherever it’s created. Use policies and automatically federate file access to the employee’s managers or department. Enhance least privilege access with data in use controls.

3. Control Data in Use.

What happens today with traditional solutions after an insider gains access to a file? It’s a free pass to copy, cut, paste, share, and store sensitive corporate data as they wish. If I simply need to view a document, why let me extract or share the data? Gain control with granular rights that limit how an insider uses your sensitive data.

4. Visibility.

Zero Trust relies on data visibility for continuous monitoring across the hybrid workplace. Today’s solutions lose visibility as data moves about siloed applications and unmanaged assets. Attach controls to the file itself to ensure visibility is never lost and logs capture all interactions throughout the document lifecycle.

5. Continuous Monitoring.

Siloed solutions don’t track data the same way or share log information. It’s impossible to monitor thousands if not hundreds of thousands of document interactions to surface anomalous events. Instead, enable each file to self-report context about users, devices, and data interactions to a universal log to make monitoring straightforward.

6. Adaptive Access.

Can you invoke a policy change across your entire hybrid workplace, dynamically, with tools in each solution to make stepped, adaptive changes to access? That’s what Zero Trust requires. A centralized policy engine can reach sensitive files anywhere across the hybrid workplace. Data in use tools can revoke or expand what users can or can’t do with the document.

 

Take the Right Path to Zero Trust Data Security

Zero Trust is not a product. It’s a model. Vendor approaches to implementing Zero Trust for data security differ and most fall short of the higher standards Zero Trust demands. Make sure your security teams distinguish between the underlying technologies used to operationalize Zero Trust.

As users and data continue to move around, Fasoo’s file-centric approach and these six key control and protection methods are your best path to Zero Trust. Fortify data security with these explicit safeguards that are the cornerstones for Zero Trust Data Security.

Learn more about how Fasoo converges these explicit controls and protection with its Data Security Platform that makes Zero Trust implementation easy.

And how one of our customer’s CISOs executed a quick-take playbook to prioritize and accelerate the organization’s 2023 Zero Trust initiatives.

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