Data Loss Prevention for Australian Government

March 24 2023, by James Rabey | Category: Government

Australian government agencies handle sensitive information related to our national security, citizens’ personal information, and other confidential data. The consequences of a data breach can be severe and can lead to a loss of public trust, financial loss, reputational damage, and legal consequences. Therefore, it is essential for government agencies to use data loss prevention (DLP) solutions to protect sensitive information.

Why Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is Important?

DLP solutions help mitigate against accidental or intentional data leaks by monitoring and controlling sensitive data in motion, at rest, and in use. These solutions can help identify and block unauthorized access, prevent data exfiltration, and enforce an agency’s information security policies. DLP also provides visibility into data activity, helping agencies gain insights into their data flow and use, and identify areas to uplift security posture.

By using DLP, Australian government agencies can ensure the security and integrity of sensitive data, comply with regulatory requirements, and protect against data breaches and other cyber threats.

The ACSC Gateway Security Guidance recommends that Mail Relays, Web Proxies and Remote Access solutions be implemented with DLP capabilities.

Government agencies can use DLP to protect their data contained within both their on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Our SIGNET Secure Internet gateway includes an optional DLP service based on Trellix, which uses a combination of rule-based and machine learning-based algorithms to detect and prevent data loss. Network traffic is monitored and analysed in real-time to identify sensitive information and other confidential data and block it from leaving the internal network. Policy templates and custom policies can be applied to meet specific agency and whole-of-government information security policies.

Our Managed Security Service Edge (SSE), in partnership with Netskope, includes DLP which continuously monitors all data movement across an agency’s cloud and web-based services, such as cloud platforms, cloud storage, and SaaS applications. It uses a combination of content inspection, machine learning, and user behavior analytics to identify and classify sensitive data, such as personally identifiable information (PII), financial data, and intellectual property. Policies can be enforced to prevent unauthorized sharing or leakage of sensitive data, including blocking, quarantining, or encrypting files. It also provides detailed reporting and analytics on data movement and policy violations.

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