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The First Step to Data Security is Discovery

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Companies of all sizes and across all industries, from local government agencies to global healthcare enterprises, are managing inordinate amounts of data – a challenge complicated exponentially of late with the prevalence of remote and hybrid work environments as well as increasing regulatory and compliance oversight from varying levels of authority.

With countless data sources, cloud applications and endpoints connected to your network, the search for data is, frankly, difficult, and depending on your internal IT resources, your ability to locate and protect that data can pose not only a challenge, but a risk.

Unfortunately, we’re no longer living in the age of ‘what you don’t know can’t hurt you.’ In this case, what you don’t know CAN and WILL hurt you. Hackers and threat actors are looking for any opportunity to seize, sell or even destroy your data, which means you can’t afford not to take critical action.

Through data discovery and classification, you can achieve transparency into your infrastructure, so you not only understand where your data lives and who has access to it, but you can effectively use that information to build a data privacy and cybersecurity protection program that thwarts security breaches, protects your business reputation, stems financial losses and helps avoid serious regulatory and compliance penalties.

Discover, Quantify and Prioritize: A Roadmap for Data Privacy

Having the ability to understand the data you have on your network (data discovery) and the types of data you’re accumulating (data classification) underpins every effective cybersecurity strategy.

Whether it’s to solidify your comprehensive data loss prevention (DLP) strategy, meet increasing requirements for cyber insurance coverage, satisfy growing regulatory requirements or all of the above, implementing a strategy that helps you better protect and manage your sensitive data is a growing need for businesses of all sizes and types.

Through machine-learning and easy automation, you can take the stress off your already-stretched-thin IT team and gain actionable insights to fuel a more proactive and strategic risk management program. With data discovery and classification, take the first step to:

  • Access a real-time inventory of sensitive data your business uses, stores and shares;
  • Auto-classify personal information based on your company’s unique environment and needs;
  • Prioritize remediation tasks with the use of risk benchmarking; and
  • Apply a cost to your data to better inform business decisions, protection strategies and compliance needs.

When it Comes to Data Protection, Compliance is Key

The importance of data management and protection is underscored by the regulatory guidelines and expectations that have surfaced in recent years. Regulators at state, federal & international levels recognize how accessible personal and sensitive data has become in the digital world – and how its theft or manipulation can wreak havoc for businesses of all sizes. While these data privacy regulations can leave business leaders and IT directors feeling overwhelmed, they don’t need to inhibit compliance.

With enhanced clarity into your data, you can simplify compliance with the ever-evolving set of regulations facing businesses today, including but not limited to CJIS, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, FDIC, and PIPEDA.


Data Discovery & Classification, powered by Cavelo

Through the Cavelo platform, you can enhance your risk management strategy and better inform business and technology decision-making. Cavelo’s key features allow you to:

  • Discover: Always-on data and vulnerability discovery finds and flags missing patches, software vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in real-time
  • Track: Create custom threat notification policies to eliminate noise and improve your team’s time to respond
  • Protect: Safeguard your network, endpoints, cloud systems and applications against threats like APTs, ransomware and insider threats
  • Manage: Mitigate risk with simple reports and an aggregated risk score that rates your business’ overall risk at low, medium or high
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