The reality is that it’s a Quixotic fantasy to believe you can ever prevent 100 percent of unauthorized access. I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but the simple fact is that your network or device will almost certainly be compromised at some point. The important thing is that you protect data from exposure or breach even if an attacker gains access.
The challenge of computer and network security is not new. Companies and individuals have spent decades trying to prevent unauthorized access, and avoid compromise or infection. Both the threat landscape and the tools and technologies designed to guard against it have evolved significantly over time, but even today it remains an elusive game of “cat and mouse”.
The idea of a network perimeter—where the devices and data on the inside are inherently trusted and protected against any access from the outside—has been dead for a while. Laptops and mobile devices have empowered people to connect to the Internet from virtually anywhere and anytime, which all but negates the concept of inside and outside the network, or “us vs. them”.
Realistically, there is nothing you can do to make a network, computer, or mobile device absolutely impenetrable. Rather than even humoring that as a goal, organizations and individuals should implement security best practices to prevent most attacks and minimize the potential for compromise, but also operate from the assumption that the network or device will, in fact, be breached at some point.
The important thing is securing the data. It would be ideal to prevent unauthorized access to a network or device entirely, but—assuming an attacker does infiltrate—how much damage can they actually do if they are unable to access or extract any of the data?
Vera is focused specifically on securing and protecting data—no matter where that data resides or who it is shared with. Earlier this month, Vera expanded its line of defense to include email with the announcement of Vera for Mail—a tool designed to protect both the body and attachments of email communications, manage internal and external collaboration, prevent unauthorized sharing of data, and give IT admins the ability to revoke access to sensitive data at any time.
Read the full story on Forbes: Focus On Protecting What’s Most Important — The Data.
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