It wasn’t that long ago when someone said “endpoint data protection” they meant a desktop personal computer or workstation. Today the notion of the “endpoint” has morphed dramatically and requires new solutions such as Datacastle RED to protect company data and embrace the changes users want.
Major changes at the endpoint include mobility, ownership, and cloud services.
When someone says “endpoint” today, they are referring to laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Mobile computing devices have very different characteristics than traditional desktops. First, mobile computing devices go lost or stolen at a much greater rate. In 2014, The State of California published a report where 48% of all data breaches involved a laptop, desktop, or mobile device. Second, mobile devices roam across multiple networks during the course of the work day. IT needs to have network performance and security that is robust enough working across mobile networks. Intelligent and secure hybrid cloud caching like Datacastle’s QuickCache means LAN speed backup and recovery while still gaining the offsite benefits of the cloud. Third, the users are as mobile as their devices. When they need to recover, it could be anywhere, at any time, and from any device. Secure and easy mobile access to the data found on mobile devices is critical.
Once upon a time, the company bought the desktop computer or workstation that needed to be protected. This meant IT had extensive say as to how to protect the data on these endpoints. Today, there can be a wide range or ownership options where the laptop, tablet, or smartphone may or may not be the property of the company. The intellectual property, customer information and company data that resides on these devices are the property of the company and need to be protected from loss or theft. Companies are in an ongoing, changing environment when dealing with bring your own device (BYOD) challenges. Your endpoint data protection solution needs to be flexible enough to enforce your IT policies even when IT can’t dictate all aspects of the device.
End users are now storing corporate data not just on mobile devices, but in virtualized cloud file services as well. Services such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Box are great for productivity and collaboration. IT needs to have policies for whether company data is allowed in these services and have a means to protect the data. IT needs to think of these files sync and share services as virtual devices in the cloud and apply data protection policies just as you would to physical mobile devices.
It is an exciting time. Greater productivity and access to information is being experienced by knowledge workers from their mobile devices and cloud services. IT needs to use tools like Datacastle RED to ensure that their charter around data protection and governance is being met. To learn more about Datacastle RED, go to http://www.datacastlered.com/.