Data leakage

Asaf Shabtai, Yuval Elovici, Lior Rokach, Asaf Shabtai, Yuval Elovici, Lior Rokach

A Survey of Data Leakage Detection and Prevention Solutions, 5-10, 2012

Data leakage is defined as the accidental or unintentional distribution of private or sensitive data to an unauthorized entity. Sensitive data in companies and organizations include intellectual property (IP), financial information, patient information, personal credit-card data, and other information depending on the business and the industry. Data leakage poses a serious issue for companies as the number of incidents and the cost to those experiencing them continue to increase. Data leakage is enhanced by the fact that transmitted data (both inbound and outbound), including emails, instant messaging, website forms, and file transfers among others, are largely unregulated and unmonitored on their way to their destinations. Furthermore, in many cases, sensitive data are shared among various stakeholders such as employees working from outside the organization’s premises (e.g., on laptops), business …