August 13, 2015

Steps toward Better Data Security: Protecting IP at the Source

IP Protection

A widely adopted tenet in the security industry today is that absolute intrusion prevention is no longer possible. This is why so many security professionals are turning their attention to implementing rapid threat detection and response.

With a plethora of security tools and platforms to choose from, security teams often get bogged down in the weeds and miss the bigger picture. However, taking a step back to look at what many of these tools are trying to do at a very high level reveals that this all boils down to two things: 1) Detecting and/or blocking the adversaries as they try to get into your organization; and 2) Doing the same later when those adversaries try to get out with stolen IP and data.

Perimeter defense tools represent intermediate barriers that attackers must circumvent before getting to their prize—your mission-critical IP and data. However, one could argue that disproportionate time and effort are spent watching the perimeter doors and too little time is spent guarding the internal resource repositories that hold your most sensitive intellectual property. It’s worth noting, too, that privileged insiders may pose an immediate risk and may accidentally leak or maliciously steal valuable source code or product designs.

Helix Threat Detection provides an effective last line of defense by continuously monitoring all the activities involving your company’s most important assets. It quickly detects suspicious user behaviors and identifies potential threats before malicious insiders or external attackers can walk away with your company’s vital corporate assets.

Read this Dark Reading commentary for more on how to better protect your IP.