Security professionals across all industries face a common challenge: they cannot protect data if they don’t know where it is kept. The simple reality is that risk stakeholders at most organizations do not know what data is on their network. In turn, this knowledge gap makes it difficult to prioritize often-limited information security resources. The result is that organizations often apply security to areas where they “hope” critical data resides, considering the risk and exposure of a data breach hope is not an effective strategy.

The name really says it all, as InfoGPS is purposely built to navigate enterprise networks and locate critical data. InfoGPS (www.infogpsnetworks.com ) addresses data mapping challenges with an innovative technology that identifies critical data and monitors changes in endpoint configurations. The solution helps organizations quantify the value of the data it identifies, which establishes a solid foundation for investments in risk mitigation.

Configuration is straight forward, but requires input to define data discovery patterns with string, hash and regular expression as supported options. Data search criteria will vary based on the needs of the environment, but social security, drivers license, and credit card numbers are some of the most common definitions used to identify unique data patterns. From a risk standpoint, security professionals will note that InfoGPS does not build an index of the data discovered, but simply identifies where it resides. This approach avoids duplication of data and the risk associated with keeping it in multiple places.  Initiating a deployment scan is simple and requires the installation of a small agent on endpoints using standard software deployment technology like Microsoft SCCM or ConnectWise. As data is located, InfoGPS masks the results (when displaying) and highlights the endpoint(s) where it resides.

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