But what if the CIO simply can't find the budget to invest in a DLP solution? What other ways are there for him to protect his data? Dimension Data's Mayet says that this is unlikely: "In a perfect world, educating your end users and increasing their awareness of the impact of data loss or leakage would be sufficient. However, in reality, every policy and procedure requires a monitoring mechanism and an enforcement tool. Without a DLP solution, businesses cannot effectively track and secure their data."
However, Braojos, from SafeNet, believes that encryption can offer just as much protection for an organisation's data in lieu of a DLP solution.
"Organisations have sensitive data everywhere, and with cloud and virtualisation, there are many vulnerable spots," he explains.
"But by using data encryption, it doesn't matter who has it. Encryption is like the anti-DLP. You don't care who sends it out or steals it because they would not be able to read anything."
Traditional security solutions also have their part to play, but however a CIO decides to proceed, the consensus among many experts is this: company data in any format is a hugely valuable asset, and it needs to be protected. Indeed, it's something that M should have realised in Skyfall. With so many data protection options now available to organisations, she had no excuse for losing the names of those undercover NATO agents.
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