The threat landscape changes daily. IT and SecOps infrastructures change daily. People come and go, devices change, and nothing is static. One good thing is that systems, devices, and users are known entities. But data—the one thing that all of this is geared to—is the wild card in the mix. It’s continuously being created, changing, and moving. The only way to really secure it is to be able to know exactly what you have, where it is, and what it’s doing.
That’s a blind spot for most organizations. Until now, there really hasn’t been a way to see, monitor, and accurately defend data at the binary level as it flows throughout the organization. Security teams know about protected classes of data, such as credit-card numbers, patient records, and social security numbers. Where they lack visibility is with all data critical for teams across the organization—such as HR data, process flow data, proprietary code, customer purchase histories, and 1,001 other types of information that the business depends upon to operate. This information is always on the move and continuously being transformed. You just don’t know where, how, or by whom.
It’s like getting on the Paris Metro at Champs Élysées and going to Saint Sulpice. Two hours later you plan to return, but the station names have all changed and you get on at Vavin and end up at Gare du Nord. With data, like a river, you’re never stepping in the same water twice. So the security boxes you checked off yesterday might or might not be delivering the right protection to your data in 30 days. And you have no way of knowing.
You know what you’re doing with your security measures. You don’t know what you’re not doing. The only way to know for certain is with data surveillance. Data surveillance takes you inside your data flows. Not only will you know the data “metro” map—you’ll know all the stations and trains between them. Even the passengers, if you want to go to that level.
Data surveillance enables you to see for the first time any—and all—business-critical data at the binary level. You can identify, fingerprint, and catalog it to support enterprise initiatives and individual department objectives. Data surveillance monitors this data everywhere it goes. You can see where it’s created, how it’s consumed, who has it, where it goes, and how it changes. You’ll have a chain of data custody that enables you to gather intelligence and analyze activity in support of compliance, legal discovery, and zero trust objectives. Finally, data surveillance also defends the data while alerting SOC or response teams. Any activity anomalies are immediately alerted, identified, and quarantined or stopped. Security teams have the details and context of what happened to inform their remediation and response efforts.
So, check all the boxes. And know that they stay checked.