Technology organizations create and transmit new Intellectual Property and Mission Critical Data every day. Company’s critical Intellectual Property flows through the company via multiple channels. It is very hard to control new information and track who has access to it and where it goes. Most Intellectual Property is unstructured data which makes it much harder to correctly identify this type of data and information using the traditional data classification and management tools. Traditional Data Classification mechanisms involve very weak methods for obsolete classification techniques. These solutions also require tremendous manual intervention on an ongoing basis which results in human error, inconsistency and opens up the floodgates of Malicious Intent based Data Leaks.
Government and national security information is now completely digital. Tax records, contracts, plans, budgets are all stored in databases and shared via electronic communications. This means that all of this information is at risk of theft and misuse. Requirements for safekeeping of official records is becoming increasingly regulated, with stiff penalties for data breaches. Government and national security agencies need to ensure that only authorized persons are able to transmit and receive sensitive and classified information. Identification and control of sensitive information becomes increasingly difficult as new information is created and shared every day.
State sponsored actors have now become the largest threat to military and defense classified information. Because of the large numbers of persons who have the ability to access sensitive information, it is vital that each and every transaction be analyzed for access permission. Both senders and receivers of classified and sensitive information must have appropriate security clearance to receive this information.
Financial organizations are under increasing pressure to protect their customer’s private information. Compliance requirements mandate that PCI and PII information is controlled and that compliance can be demonstrated. Since new information is flowing through financial organizations on an hourly basis, institutions must be able to understand and control customer information so that it is not misused or compromised.
Healthcare providers are strongly mandated to enforce appropriate measures for the protection of all medical information including patient’s personal information, medical records and medical bills payment history. Strict compliance mandates such as PII (Personally Identifiable Information), PHI (Protected Health Information), EHR (Electronic Health Records), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) regulations must be adhered to by all healthcare providers.
The oil and gas business is extremely competitive. Information on location of assets, pricing, development, and forecasts is extremely sensitive and must be protected. Sensitive financial information is continually transmitted from various points in the production and distribution process to key databases and persons. It is critical to be able to protect company sensitive information in real time.