Unprotected data, whether in transit or at rest, leaves enterprises vulnerable to attack, but there are effective security measures that offer robust data protection across endpoints and networks to protect data in both states. As mentioned above, one of the most effective data protection methods for both data in transit and data at rest is data encryption with DRM.
In addition to encryption and DRM, best practices for robust data protection for data in transit and data at rest include:
- Implement robust network security controls to help protect data in transit. Network security solutions like firewalls and network access control will help secure the networks used to transmit data against malware attacks or intrusions.
- Don’t rely on reactive security to protect your valuable company data. Instead, use proactive security measures that identify at-risk data and implement effective data protection for data in transit and at rest.
- Choose data protection solutions with policies that enable user prompting, blocking, or automatically apply DRM protection on sensitive data in transit, such as when files are attached to an email message or moved to cloud storage, removable drives, or transferred elsewhere.
- Create policies for systematically categorizing and classifying all company data, no matter where it resides, in order to ensure that the appropriate data protection measures are applied while data remains at rest and triggered when data classified as at-risk is accessed, used, or transferred.
Finally, if you utilize a public, private, or hybrid cloud provider for storing data or applications, carefully evaluate cloud vendors based on the security measures they offer – but don’t rely on the cloud service to secure your data. Who has access to your data, how is it encrypted, and how often your data is backed up are all imperative questions to ask.
While data in transit and data at rest may have slightly different risk profiles, the inherent risk hinges primarily on the sensitivity and value of your data; attackers will attempt to gain access to valuable data whether it’s in motion, at rest, or actively in use, depending on which state is easiest to breach. That is why a proactive approach including classifying and categorizing data coupled with content, user, and context-aware security protocols is the safest and most effective way to protect your most sensitive data in every state.
Using a DRM solution such as NextLabs SkyDRM that uses a policy-driven encryption technology to provides persistent protection of files, allows enterprises to strike a balance between effective collaboration and security by ensure data is protected regardless of where it is stored, with whom it is shared, and how it is used.
SkyDRM classifies, protects, tracks, and controls every digital asset to enable enterprises to monitor, safeguard, and control access rights to their data wherever it goes to prevent data theft and achieve compliance. To protect data at rest and in motion, SkyDRM provides digital rights protection based on zero-trust principle to control access and use of data stored in files to only those authorized. It uses a attribute-based access control (ABAC) policy engine with dynamic authorization technology to determine access rights, control usage, revoke rights on expiration, and apply watermark overlay in real time. SkyDRM’s policy engine can dynamically grant or deny access to files based on user identity (for example user property, location, and role) and metadata of file (for example sensitivity, classification, and which customer the file belongs to). SkyDRM also has a unique capability to work with and protect digital twins, 2D & 3D models, and any complex file types natively across organizations with federated identity.