Earlier this month, I talked about the serious concerns that surround endpoint security and protecting the increasingly moving target.
One of the companies trying to tackle that problem is Safend, and Edy Almer, vice president of product management, spoke with me about this topic.
The Veterans’ Administration breach a few years ago was the catalyst that started the awareness of endpoint security, Almer told me. In fact, when Safend started in 2003, endpoint security was difficult to quantify. Now, industries and countries are becoming wiser when it comes to security, particularly on mobile devices, and have detailed regulations that discuss what needs encryption and other safety measures. He also talked about how some companies are tackling the endpoint security problem:
Hospitals are encrypting data that is transfered to partners or even data that is handed out to patients. The U.S. Navy computer training classes block ports from transmission of any personal data. Los Angeles Parks and Rec Department allows credit card numbers in its computer system to be transfered only to specified storage devices.
With company-provided laptops, Almer added, there can still be some control of the machine. However, he admitted it is harder for companies to keep track of the information that is stored on portable hard drives and other mobile devices, making it vital to protect these devices on multiple layers, if possible. For example, Safend provides data security through physical devices, by encryption services, and regulating sensitive outbound information.
People do need to share sensitive data and they do it every day for work. The idea isn’t to block that data from moving around, but to make sure it moves around in a safe manner.