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Refcard #327

Introduction to Data Security as a Service (DSaaS)

Eliminating Risk to Accelerate Innovation

Data Security as a Service (DSaaS) enables application and security leaders to mitigate the risk and compliance burdens for all of your organization’s sensitive data through a simple, portable, cloud-native service. This Refcard walks you through data access monitoring, access governance, and at-rest protection for sensitive PII, PHI, and PCI data.

Published: Apr. 02, 2020
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Refcard #327

Introduction to Data Security as a Service (DSaaS)

Eliminating Risk to Accelerate Innovation

Data Security as a Service (DSaaS) enables application and security leaders to mitigate the risk and compliance burdens for all of your organization’s sensitive data through a simple, portable, cloud-native service. This Refcard walks you through data access monitoring, access governance, and at-rest protection for sensitive PII, PHI, and PCI data.

Published: Apr. 02, 2020
2,120
Free PDF for easy Reference

Written by

author avatar Chris Struttmann Founder, Director of Engineering, Chief Architect, ALTR

Brought to you by

ALTR
Table of Contents

What Is Data Security as a Service?

The Impact of Security and Compliance on Development 

Common Security Pitfalls

Addressing Data and Compliance

Top DSaaS Capabilities 

DSaaS Use Cases 

Conclusion

Section 1

What Is Data Security as a Service?

Data Security as a Service (DSaaS) enables application and security leaders to mitigate the risk and compliance burdens for all of your organization’s sensitive data through a simple, portable, cloud-native service. This holistic approach provides data access monitoring, access governance, and at-rest protection for sensitive PII, PHI, and PCI data — no matter where that data is stored.


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 2

The Impact of Security and Compliance on Development 

The rate of data breaches is constantly increasing, making it increasingly clear that the current approach to data security isn’t working. Even with network and endpoint security, identity access, and encryption, cybercriminals are still getting access to what they want: the data. Organizations can’t afford to continue getting breached; not only does it cost them money, but it’s a massive temporal and reputational blow. With increased pressure from competitors and high expectations from customers, it’s more important than ever for security and compliance teams to check, and double-check, that their security measures are in place. 

Meanwhile, the business is demanding quicker releases, which means development teams have growing security demands and less time to implement them. What’s worse is that the security is currently treated like an “aftermarket” add-on. Inexperienced developers presume that the SDLC will keep this pace until release, but the veterans have a better idea of what's around the corner. 


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 3

Common Security Pitfalls

In order to understand how DSaaS can give your security and compliance teams what they need, you need a quick overview of the areas that are currently falling short, both in effectiveness and efficiency. 

Implementing an adequate security, privacy, and compliance strategy is a time-consuming and challenging undertaking. It can take years to plan, deploy, integrate, and then optimize your strategy. By that time, new threats could have emerged, or cutting-edge technology that makes your current approach obsolete. 

Security should be baked in from day one of development, freeing up time and money on the back-end. The traditional outlook of security being an “aftermarket” add-on to applications ends up costing organizations time and money, ultimately preventing them from getting technology out the door. 

In order to understand how DSaaS can give your security and compliance teams what they need, you need a quick overview of the areas that are currently falling short, both in effectiveness and efficiency. 


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 4

Addressing Data and Compliance

The goal of DSaaS is to deliver powerful security without negatively impacting development or innovation potential. So, how do you do that? 

First, you need a solution that is easy to deploy and will integrate with the tools that you already have in place. It should also be able to protect different data types across the entire enterprise, from Oracle to Mongo, on-prem to cloud, integers to videos. This flexibility and portability is just one way that DSaaS is more efficient and effective for everyone involved. 


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 5

Top DSaaS Capabilities 

DSaaS brings together capabilities that are separate in most legacy solutions to provide comprehensive visibility, control, and protection for all sensitive data in one service. Its ease of integration, lower cost of ownership, and superior protection set it apart from every other security model. Here are the three primary capabilities of Data Security as a Service. 

Data Access Monitoring as a Service

While monitoring might not sound like a game-changer, it’s inconceivable how many security tools only “monitor,” so a company ends up with a front-row seat to a breach but has no way to stop it. Another big issue with traditional monitoring solutions is how easy it is to delete and/or edit important information and actions. 

DSaaS provides a tamper-proof log of who is accessing what data, when, where, and how often. Not only does it provide an immutable audit trail for compliance teams, but there are also detailed reports to help you understand the relationship between users and the data they are accessing. If that’s not enough, that log is then stored offsite in a tamper-proof cloud vault that leverages blockchain-derived technology to ensure its integrity. 


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 6

DSaaS Use Cases 

Data Security as a Service addresses a myriad of use cases. Because it is easy to install and even easier to use, it frees up resources like time and money to be spent in other areas. This is why it can make such a tremendous impact across the entire enterprise. From migrating to the cloud to eliminating insider threats or protecting data warehouses to getting CCPA/GDPR compliant, you’ll see in the table below some of the top ways that DSaaS can help. 

Stolen or Guessed Credentials 

Recognizes when unauthorized devices are accessing restricted data or exceeding data access thresholds. Renders sensitive data useless to attackers. 

Exposure of Private Data 

In compliance scenarios where users are restricted from seeing sensitive or regulated data, ensuring that prohibited data is never accessible or consumed in a recognizable format. 

Theft Via Direct Database Access 

Tokenizes and scatters at-rest data across a secure private blockchain; data at-rest is rendered useless to even the most credentialed insiders. 

Compromised 

Database Log Files 

Prevents technical users from hiding unauthorized acts through editing or destroying log files, saving every data access event to an immutable cloud vault. 

Cloud Migration 

Security and compliance are integrated into your workload, providing flexibility, scalability, and powerful security whether your data is on-prem, in the cloud, or migrating to the cloud. 

Legacy Applications 

Provides impenetrable data security along with unprecedented visibility and reporting to protect legacy applications that remain critical to operations. 

Mobile & IoT 

Protects your data wherever it is, whether accessed from a mobile or connected device, a laptop, in the cloud, or on-prem — assuring security with real-time data access monitoring, governance, and at-rest protection of your sensitive data. 

CCPA & GDPR 

Compliance 

Ensures users see the least amount of data necessary to complete their task, while providing an immutable audit trail of all data requested and accessed in real time. 

Protecting PCI, PHI, and PII 

Removes sensitive PCI/PHI/PII data from regulatory scope by tokenizing data immediately into a proprietary cloud vault, without losing visibility, reporting, or governance capabilities. 



This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 7

Conclusion

Security isn’t a one-and-done process; there’s no Band-Aid or umbrella to place over an organization that magically secures all of its sensitive data. But envision a world where security doesn’t impact speed, performance, or innovation. 

The traditional security model cannot last much longer. Threats to data are not going to magically disappear, and regulations are not going to get more lenient, so it’s time to protect the asset that cybercriminals really want and to do so efficiently. To be successful in today’s competitive landscape, enterprises must be secure, compliant, and exceptionally innovative. 

DSaaS promotes innovation by becoming part of the development process and strategy, so from day one, you have best-in-class visibility, control, and security of valuable data. Security is no longer the final roadblock to getting a release out the door; it becomes a launching point to accelerate innovation. 


This is a preview of the Introduction to Data Security as a Service Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

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