futureLast year there was a record 1,579 data breaches – that’s a 44.7 percent increase in breaches compared to 2016. In light of the severity and frequency of these breaches, companies are taking a deeper look at their cybersecurity protocols. However, there is another reason organizations are reevaluating their security efforts – government regulations.

NIST – why you should care

One of the regulations organizations need to be thinking about is from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). If you aren’t familiar, NIST enforces cybersecurity and privacy protocols through standards and best practices.

Specifically, NIST 800-171 is designed to improve cyber protection for controlled unclassified information (CUI) at federal or non-federal organizations. This regulation is directed at third parties who have access to CUI, regardless of what industry they work in. One of the most notable impacts on companies is that they must protect information shared with downstream sub-contractors.

Doing business today requires collaboration. For the most part, there is no way to ensure all sensitive information stays inside a network – whether it is with partners or contractors – the information at some point travels past the perimeter. Unfortunately for most organizations, once this information leaves the perimeter there is no way to control who has access to it, as well as, what changes are being made to such data.

How Seclore is helping comply with NIST

There are 14 families of security requirements associated with the NIST standards. While this can seem overwhelming, Seclore’s Enterprise Digital Rights Management solution (EDRM) can help organizations comply with many of the critical elements, including:

• Access control
• Identification and authentication
• Audit and accountability
• Media protection
• System and communication protector

With Seclore, organizations are able to control what any user can do with a file (view, print, copy, screen share, edit) from which location and device it is being accessed on, and when. Additionally, revoking access to files once they have left an organization is possible. By implementing an EDRM solution, companies are able to gain full visibility into what activities are being performed on a protected file, including any unauthorized usage attempts.

A data-centric approach to security should be part of every organizations 2018 strategy. An ideal data-centric security platform brings together multiple solutions including data classification, rights management and data loss prevention solutions.
It is now easier than ever before to add persistent, granular usage controls to your data, ensuring organizations are better prepared for security breaches and can meet government regulations.

If you would like to learn more about Seclore’s EDRM solution can help you meet NIST compliance regulations, click here.

By: Vishal Gupta, CEO of Seclore