How can organisations ensure secure data transfer?

A whitepaper from Forcepoint outlines how to secure data transfers in an increasingly interconnected age

A whitepaper from Forcepoint outlines how to secure data transfer in an increasingly interconnected age

In today’s globally interconnected world, sharing data is absolutely integral to the successful operation of a digital business. As a result, it is more important than ever that organisations implement measures that ensure secure data transfer.

The importance of secure data transfer

Organisations are now constantly on alert against the oncoming threat of cyberattacks. Despite these threats, however, enterprises must continue to increase information sharing across networks in order to remain agile.

The need to gather and share data across the world rapidly and securely thus demands robust security. Indeed, a whitepaper from Forcepoint insists that these solutions must also be “easy to implement, use and maintain whilst also being cost-effective.”

In addition to this, any sophisticated network isolation solution should possess multiple layers of defence. This therefore provides “redundancy and enhanced monitoring of data flows,” which ultimately enhances data transfer security.

Secure data transfer solutions

Today, different solutions specifically address enterprise network security and information sharing needs. However, hardware-based data diodes and software-based guards both tackle the challenge in varying ways.

While enterprises have become accustomed to using diodes for strict network isolation, their explicit functional limitations can lead to operational difficulties. As the report notes, the workarounds that “evolve to address these difficulties unintentionally expose enterprises to significant risk.”

Although software guards may present a higher theoretical risk than diodes, their greater functionality and observed risk exposure is incredibly valuable. In effect, guards utilise configurable rules in order to enforce specific flow content and direction controls.

These validations prevent malicious data from entering more secure networks, while also stopping data leakage from sensitive networks. In effect, software guard technology permits the secure and seamless flow of data between multiple networks.

It is evident that global cyber threats demand a “stringent focus on network protection” in the enterprise. However, the new workforce “be they defence, intelligence, critical infrastructure, or corporate enterprises” also require immediate access to information.

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