Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

Understanding the Role of Risk-Adaptive Protection in Enhancing DLP Capabilities

Organisations constantly face security risks from both external and internal sources. To effectively safeguard their operations, they must maintain robust security policies that can be applied across the entire enterprise. However, traditional security measures that rely on blocking mechanisms or reactive responses are no longer sufficient. Instead, organisations need advanced security platforms that can adapt to evolving threats and employ dynamic protection and response mechanisms.

Adaptive Security is a cybersecurity approach that focuses on analysing behaviours and events to proactively protect against threats and adjust defences accordingly. It involves implementing an Adaptive Security Architecture, which enables continuous risk assessment and the automatic application of appropriate security measures.

Adaptive security differentiates itself from traditional security services through its real-time network monitoring capabilities, which enable the detection of anomalies, malicious traffic, and vulnerabilities. Once a threat is identified, the adaptive security platform automatically deploys security measures to counter it.

These measures can be classified into different methods:

The first method is the preventative approach, which empowers organisations to proactively develop products, processes, and policies that defend against cyberattacks. It focuses on establishing robust defences to mitigate risks before they manifest. The second method, known as the detective approach, is responsible for identifying threats that may have bypassed the preventative measures. Its primary goal is to minimise the time taken to detect threats and prevent potential risks from materialising.

Furthermore, the adaptive security approach incorporates a retrospective method that conducts thorough analysis to uncover threats that were not detected by the detective approach. This method generates forensic information that can be utilised to prevent similar incidents in the future. Lastly, the predictive method enhances overall security by providing IT teams with alerts concerning external events and by monitoring hacker activities. This method anticipates new types of attacks and further strengthens the detective and preventative methods of the adaptive security system.

Adaptive security is highly relevant to the comprehensive data loss prevention (DLP) services, we at Smarttech247 provide together with Forcepoint.

Here’s how adaptive security applies to these services:

  1. Real-time Monitoring and Response: Adaptive security involves continuous monitoring of events, behaviours, and network traffic in real-time. In the context of managed DLP services, Smarttech247’s VisionX platform, powered by Forcepoint enables continuous monitoring of customers’ data assets and intellectual property. This real-time monitoring allows for immediate detection of potential data breaches or policy violations, triggering proactive incident response actions.
  2. Proactive Incident Response: Adaptive security emphasizes proactive measures to address security incidents. Smarttech247 and Forcepoint’s managed DLP services integrate with Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) capabilities. By automating DLP incident response and remediation, organizations can respond swiftly and effectively to detected incidents, minimizing the potential damage caused by data breaches.
  3. Threat Intelligence: Adaptive security leverages threat intelligence to anticipate and detect emerging threats. Together with Forcepoint, Smarttech247’s managed DLP service, offers organisations the chance to harness real-time threat intelligence feeds. This empowers security teams to stay one step ahead of potential risks, swiftly identifying, analysing, and neutralising threats to their sensitive data.
  4. Workflow and Policy Enforcement: Adaptive security ensures consistent enforcement of security processes and policies. Smarttech247’s managed DLP services, leveraged with Forcepoint’s capabilities include Workflow and Policy Enforcement capabilities, enabling organisations to establish and enforce their security policies consistently. By automating workflow and policy enforcement, organizations can reduce human error, maintain compliance, and enhance their overall security posture.
  5. Adaptive Defence Mechanisms: Adaptive security platforms adjust defence mechanisms based on the evolving threat landscape. Utilizing Forcepoint’s innovative solutions Smarttech247’s managed DLP services are designed to adapt and evolve alongside emerging threats. By continuously updating and patching the DLP infrastructure, organisations can ensure that their defences remain robust and effective against evolving attack vectors.
  6. Behaviour-centric Approach to Data: Smarttech247’s comprehensive DLP services harness the advanced capabilities provided by Forcepoint’s risk-adaptive protection to employ a behaviour-centric approach to data security. It focuses on user behaviour and interactions, allowing for better understanding of user intent, increased productivity through personalized security, minimized false positives, safe collaboration on cloud applications, and efficient investigation of insider risks.

By incorporating adaptive security principles, Smarttech247’s managed DLP services, powered by Forcepoint, enhance the overall effectiveness of data protection. The real-time monitoring, proactive incident response, integration with SOAR capabilities, utilization of threat intelligence, and consistent policy enforcement all contribute to a comprehensive and adaptive defence against data breaches and policy violations.


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