Symantec extends DLP solution to protect Office 365 environments

Enterprises rapidly adopting SaaS applications that require data to continuously move between endpoints, cloud and third parties such as partners, vendors or contractors

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Symantec extends DLP solution to protect Office 365 environments Monitoring and protecting data in the cloud generation remains a complex task.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 27, 2018

Symantec’s latest enhancements to its data loss prevention (DLP) technology will protect information in Office 365. With Symantec DLP, data is protected whether at rest or in transit, on-premises or in the cloud, and everywhere it flows through a single management console.

Monitoring and protecting data in the cloud generation is a complex task, and GDPR and other similar privacy regulations have further raised the stakes on data security, privacy and compliance. As such, companies must work to ensure that sensitive data such as PII, intellectual property, or source code is protected no matter where it is shared. In the cloud generation, this is more difficult than ever, as enterprises are rapidly adopting SaaS applications, including Office 365, that require data to continuously move between endpoints, cloud and third parties such as partners, vendors or contractors.

“As enterprises migrate to Office 365 and other SaaS applications, they risk a huge potential of data loss, which is made even more complex in the face of increasing data regulations such as GDPR,” said Nico Popp, senior vice president of Information Protection, Symantec. “Information Protection is a critical part of an organization’s integrated cyber defense strategy in this cloud generation environment. By taking a holistic approach, we can better protect data as it moves across endpoints, networks and applications.”

As an integral element of Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform, Symantec’s DLP technology leverages the combination of detection technologies backed by machine learning to classify sensitive personal information, including Sensitive Image Recognition (SIR) with Optical Character Recognition (OCR). When data is shared with third parties, identity-based encryption and digital rights are automatically enabled to classify and persistently protect and track the data. Customers will have visibility of where their data is shared and who is accessing it, with the ability to revoke access if needed. This Information Centric Security (ICS) approach focuses protection around data and reinforces GDPR controls and other compliance best practices.

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