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Data breaches inevitable; firms must minimize impact

October 01, 2013

The advent of cloud services has created a path to an expanded mobile workforce and easier access to mission-critical resources, enabling companies of all sizes to be more efficient. Unfortunately, the other side to this coin is that the anytime availability of assets has made it more difficult for IT departments and executives to monitor who is viewing what documents, when and why.

For this reason and others, decision-makers need to deploy document protection, encryption and identity management solutions when using the cloud, according to a report by Dark Reading.

"It boils down to the fact that a data breach is going to be an inevitable event - the strategy then has to shift to making a breach meaningless to the attackers and have zero impact to the business," digital security expert Mark Bower said, according to Dark Reading.

Document rights management and other access control initiatives can help alleviate some of the internal security pressure, as these strategies will put boundaries on available resources, only enabling authorized users to view sensitive documents. While these tools may not definitely prevent a breach from occurring, they can help minimize risk.