How Metomic Can Reduce Your Risk of Data Exposure

Collectively, we’ve helped companies prevent over 2.5M data breaches and Metomic does it without inundating teams with noisy alerts.

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We’ve recently made the case for the need to have a data visibility and asset management strategy. In short, you should prioritize being aware of where your data lives, how that changes as your organization adds vendors, SaaS apps, and expands its data infrastructure, and how that data is interacted with.

By having a strategy in place, your organization will be able to scale comfortably without exposing yourself to potential risk, whether it’s accidental data loss, a data breach, or consequences stemming from a lack of compliance adherence due to data mismanagement. You’ll also be able to detect whether anomalous behavior is occurring on your network or if there’s an unauthorized or malicious user with access to your data.

While there are processes you can leverage, you should also consider leveraging tools that can amplify your organization’s efforts to properly manage your assets.

How technology can help

Effective asset management and data visibility is a monumental task if done manually, especially for smaller teams who may not have all the time required to devote to a single cybersecurity focus.

If you’re in the market to incorporate technology and tools for your data management, consider the following.

Is it saving your team time?

Security tools are best when they automate key processes that would take your team too long to perform. For example, manually keeping track of where your data lives and any status changes would be near impossible. Instead, a continuous monitoring or scanning tool that will alert you to any changes is a good way to save your team time while still giving you the visibility needed to keep your data secure.

Is it comprehensive?

Your assets are being interacted with on a daily basis, constantly. And any tool you use needs to be able to detect and assess whether files are being duplicated, moved from one cloud platform to another, uploaded on a SaaS app like Slack or Google Drive while also being able to tell you who is accessing and interacting with this data. The more comprehensive the tool is, the more equipped you’ll be in detecting a potential problem or indicator of a compromise.

Is it providing actionable information?

The above shouldn’t be the only consideration when looking at potential tools that can help security departments. These tools need to be actionable and not just serve as noisy alert machines. Overloading your team with too many alerts and notifications of benign actions or information may have the opposite effect desired. If your team is overwhelmed with information, it may be preventing them from doing their job effectively and risking a scenario where an important alert is actually missed.

Your security tool should be sophisticated enough to flag potential issues and behaviors, not just alert you whenever someone has accessed data, which will happen often on a daily basis. This might include:

Identifying sensitive information that’s publicly accessible (when it shouldn’t be).

  • Spotting databases or data repositories with weak security (or none at all)..
  • Flagging anomalous behavior such as data exfiltration or multiple authorization attempts on a critical database.
  • Spotting an unknown IP address accessing your data.

These scenarios are clear indicators of risk and require addressing. No sensitive information should be in publicly accessible sites or servers and any database should have proper authentication behind it. Suspicious behavior like data exfiltration may be a sign of an insider threat or a compromised account trying to download critical data while multiple authorization attempts on a server or database could be a sign of an unauthorized user trying to find their way into your network and access sensitive info.

By taking these considerations into account, you’ll be able to more effectively choose security tools that will complement and amplify your security department’s capabilities and increase overall productivity rather than give them yet another responsibility to handle.

Tools that can help 

When it comes to asset visibility and data security tools, there’s a myriad of options available to security leaders. A few include:

  • Network monitoring and network management systems
  • IT asset discovery
  • Cloud monitoring
  • Cloud workload security tools
  • Data Discovery and Classification
  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Systems
  • Detection and Response tools (such as EDR, XDR, etc)

Depending on the vendor and tool, you may find different names for similar solutions as well as a lot of overlap across features and capabilities. However, as you’re on the hunt for these kinds of solutions, the considerations listed in the previous section should be the most important.

You’ll also have to think about your team’s capabilities. For some organizations, it may even be a burden to have too many tools or too many systems providing your team with an abundance of information. If your team is too small or doesn’t have the right resources, you’ll find it much more productive to equip your team with a smaller tech stack that can leverage autonomous behavior.

How Metomic Can Serve your Company

When looking for an asset visibility and data security tool, it’s important to find one that’s comprehensive, adapted to today’s cloud-first infrastructure, saves time with automated workflows, and works well with your team and your environment.

Metomic was designed to help teams discover data across their entire cloud environment, integrate with dozens of apps and SaaS tools, and help classify files, unstructured data, and even identify where your data is, who has access to it, and when it was uploaded.

Within hours of integrating Metomic, we’ve helped companies discover sensitive data like driver license numbers, credit card details, and security keys. Our Risk Review scans have found AWS keys in public Slack channels, easily accessible spreadsheets with hundreds of PII, and bank statements shared on Google Drive. 

Collectively, we’ve helped companies prevent over 2.5M data breaches and Metomic does it without inundating teams with noisy alerts. Security teams can use it without getting alert fatigue, meaning they can be more productive in keeping organizations secure and compliant.

Metomic goes farther than traditional data security tools because it was created to serve organization’s modern data security needs.

Get in touch to learn more or book a free risk review for your organization.

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