The public disclosure of 77,000 documents describing the war in Afghanistan in unsettling detail … A follow-up release of nearly 400,000 docs related to the Iraq war … Then, in November, the revelation of classified correspondence between the U.S. State Department and its diplomats throughout the world … These and other controversial actions involving WikiLeaks make it clear that confidential information can easily find its way into unauthorized hands. And there’s a reasonable chance that those hands are going to get right on a computer keypad and press “send” to distribute the information, no matter what kind of security you have in place. But the good news? You can position yourself to minimize risk.
First, focus on training all members of your organization on the threats that are out there, so they’re in a better position to deal with potential data loss. Second, proactively monitor for the inevitable loss of confidential information. This monitoring – whether in-house or via an outside vendor – greatly increases the chances of identifying your compromised data before any real damage can occur.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter if your organization is a huge target like a government agency or a Fortune 50 company, criminals are out there looking for a way to get their hands on your data. It may sound cliché, but your best defense is a good offense. You may not always stop information from getting out. But when it does, you’ll be in a better position to stay off the front page.