There are three predominant methods in the market today to prevent loss and unauthorized access to sensitive unstructured data. Each is different and the best way to compare and contrast the methods is to understand what a vendor’s solution looks to defend and the primary data-centric tools used.
Today, with increasing threats and the consequential impacts of a data breach, more organizations are adopting a file-centric method as the foundation of their data-centric architectures. It’s the only method that truly denies unauthorized access to your sensitive data no matter how it flows or the location it resides. This protect-first foundation recognizes that if data isn’t properly protected – your entire house crumbles.
A file-centric method works as a frontline defense and can be deployed in combination with other methods to achieve a fortified, cohesive data-centric security architecture. Understanding the key distinctions between the methods helps you navigate vendor engagements and build a protect-first architecture that best fits your needs.