ZIFFPAGE TITLE5 Steps to Prevent Data LossBy Baselinemag | Posted 2006-07-12 Email Print
One of the CIO's nightmares du jour: A laptop with sensitive info gets lost or stolen, landing the organization in the headlines. Here's how enterprises are stepping up their safeguards.
5 Steps to Prevent Data Loss
1. Guard against human error.Use security technologies, such as data encryption, as a safety net for honest mistakes.
2. When in doubt, encrypt.All laptop hard drives should be encrypted.
3. Monitor outgoing messages.Use software to block e-mail messages or file transfers with confidential data.
4. Ensure security is easy to use.Otherwise, employees will find ways to get around it.
5. Audit security practices regularly.Experts say such reviews should happen at least monthly.
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