Modern business depends on the protection of data. In fact, many IT professionals believe that ensuring security protocols are followed is a top priority. However, implementing a suitable solution to safeguard enterprise data is a daunting task because of the volume and variety of data organizations must deal with.

The challenge is immense no matter if the data is in motion or in a state of rest. Data isn’t limited to physical devices or locations that are controlled by an enterprise. Nowadays, data from enterprises can be found on end-user devices and in multiple cloud environments, or even on an employee’s personal computer.

The shift to remote working has created more avenues for cyber-attacks and leaks. Employees who have to jump through hoops to gain access to mission-critical systems are more likely to find ways to get around them. This could include saving engineering images into their personal emails or copying and pasting product information into a tweet.

To protect against these threats a multi-layered approach to data security is necessary. A comprehensive approach can include access control, encryption backup and disaster recovery, DLP and IDPS, as well as employee education. It is also crucial to monitor and detect breaches and to respond swiftly. This includes enforcing the Zero Trust model, where users as well as devices and network traffic are inspected before they are allowed access to trusted resource. This can stop an outbreak at one location from spreading to other areas of the entire enterprise.