“REMOTE CONTROL” – Data Security, Governance, & Collection of Remote Workforce

Long before COVID-19, a tethered, distributed workforce has been evolving. However, COVID-19 has thrust more upon us with no preparation. Overnight, we are pushing data to the edges more than ever before, exposing weaknesses and increasing risk. So far in 2020, at least 163,551,023 individuals have been affected by breaches (CNBC).

Data Knows No Boundaries

Companies push data to the edges to be responsive – even disruptive – in markets of choice. Responding to market demands necessitates disruption, and disruption requires moving fast and reaching customers where they are – beyond the safe perimeter of enterprise security.

With the expanded remote workforce, more activity is taking place outside the firewall, more data is exchanged outside the firewall and structured data is converted to ‘unstructured data’ that is the target of nefarious cyber theft.

Exponential Increase in Risk

COVID-19 has the potential to exponentially, negatively impact a perimeter that is already difficult to secure. According to Global Workplace Analytics, only 3.6% of the employee workforce works at home half-time or more. Since 56% of the workforce had favorable work-at-home conditions prior to the pandemic, it is estimated that at least that many are working from home at this time.

Even conservative estimates indicate an increase from about 5 million remote workers to now, 80 million or more – as much as a 1700% increase.

According to Jim Boehm and James Kaplan of McKinsey, and Nathan Sportsman of Praetorian:

  • A broad shift toward work-from-home arrangements has amplified long-standing cybersecurity challenges. It has opened multiple vectors for cyberattacks.”

More now than ever, data security depends on answering, with confidence, where is our information, how is it being used, who is using it, and where is it going?

Heureka Remote Data Classification & Collection

Know where your data is, how it is being used, by whom, and where it’s going

Data classification is necessary for data privacy compliance and response to regulatory guidelines, protecting critical and sensitive data from cyber security threats, and for timely response to litigation and investigations.

Regardless of location, Heureka enables data classification of PI/PHI and file actions based on InfoGov principles, as well as data collection. Heureka’s platform provides real-time insight about unstructured data on network file shares, servers, laptops and desktops from a single interface. Data intelligence and insight are immediately available when sensitive data is at risk.

Remote Control takes on a new meaning amid a pandemic – classify, collect and control data anywhere, from anywhere, without the need for manual intervention.

Heureka creates a file metadata index on each endpoint. Search, collect, delete, encrypt or quarantine commands can be executed at the file level from the interface.

Security, Privacy, & Data Integrity

Heureka’s Indexing and Classification & Tagging capabilities afford benefits to include:

  • Disciplined, enterprise-wide file identification and classification of PI/PHI/PCI
  • Response data for cybersecurity events and privacy requests (SAR’s/DSAR’s)
  • Shared classification tags with other data driven workflows, i.e., DLP
  • Analysis of data in-place, at rest without copying and/or moving data

Know where your data is, how it is being used, by whom, and where it’s going

  • Litigation and matter preparation and Proportionality
  • Defensible data
  • Safeguarding Personal Information

From Chaos to Confidence (Susan M. Campbell’s book by the same name) – In the context of a much larger distributed workforce, data security so necessary for data privacy is more difficult as the data is now spread to nodes where the security perimeter is questionable. And collecting data necessary for litigation and regulatory compliance is much more difficult.

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