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Featured on Cyberwire Daily: Protecting Unstructured Data at the Employee Edge

Air Date: October 30, 2023

Data is your organization's most critical digital asset, yet risks multiply as sensitive information flows inside, and inevitably, outside of your organization. Legacy practices focused on perimeter defenses are prone to dangerous gaps as employees everywhere share massive amounts of sensitive data with third-party collaborators.  Thus, Gartner is predicting that by 2025, 80% of organizations will shift their data security strategies from perimeter-centric to data-centric. Listen in to hear this conversation between Virtru's Matt Howard and Cyberwire Daily host Dave Bittner on why modern information security must protect both “structured data” in the cloud, and “unstructured data” at the employee edge.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding why the majority of data centric security investments have historically been around securing “structured data” stored in databases – despite 80-90% of organizational data being unstructured.
  • Importance of protecting all sensitive data – not just structured information stored in rows and columns – but also unstructured information as it flows in and out of your organization via email, files, and collaboration workflows.
  • Enabling collaboration with third-parties while simultaneously fostering compliance with data security regulations including HIPAA, CMMC, ITAR, etc.
  • Implementing granular controls over data usage, even after it leaves the organization's periphery.
  • Learning to automate and scale the use of “encryption” to build a resilient data-focused security strategy aligned to zero trust principles – without getting in the way of work.



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