Nations around the world are ramping up defenses against cybersecurity threats, especially to protect critical infrastructure. The U.S. government has launched public-private action plans to shore up the cybersecurity of the electricity, pipeline, and water sectors. In a recently published Whitehouse factsheet on cybersecurity, the U.S. government is urging companies to take proactive measures - some urgently.
The most important recommendations are about securing sensitive data -
Focusing on long-term protective measures, enterprises are urged to-
In order to achieve the data-centric outcomes of these Whitehouse recommendations, enterprises need to know where their sensitive data resides, who is accessing it, and whether it is vulnerable to internal misuse or external threats from ransomware. Recommendations are tailored to prevent data breaches or exfiltrations, driving home the point of the criticality of protecting data and data infrastructure.
To address the recommendations, requires a modern cloud data protection tool like Theom that uses machine learning to classify cloud data, build context around its relationship to users and 3rd party vendors and pinpoint risks from over-provisioning, atypical queries, and insecure access. A data-centric approach to protecting data.