The zero-trust framework is an essential cybersecurity best practice for any organization. The framework is designed to minimize the threat of cyberattacks by using the rule: never trust, always verify. Zero trust cannot be purchased or put in a box, rather it is a mixture of policies and solutions that can help you achieve zero trust. The idea to “never trust and always verify” should be adopted by all employees. While proper cybersecurity training is always a good idea, even the most cyber-smart employee can make mistakes. For this reason, solutions such as data loss prevention, multi-factor authentication, and more are necessary to ensure that sensitive data is being accessed by the right user. 

As data is an essential component of business, protecting that data is critical to continue conducting business. Most employee job functions require them to interact with company data in some capacity. Applying zero-trust policies to sensitive data is a critical way to protect this data from misuse. The loss or misuse of proprietary information, confidential information, or personally identifiable information can have detrimental effects on an organization. Most organizations are subject to one or more compliance standards. Some examples of standards include PCI DSS for credit card information, HIPAA for health information, and CMMC 2.0 for government information. These standards will require that policies or solutions be in place to prevent the loss of sensitive information. Zero trust has been specifically called out to help achieve security compliance. Minimizing data loss through the use of DLP services is a step in achieving zero trust. 

Data Loss Prevention technology will identify sensitive data and enforce protective measures to prevent that data from leaving an organization. It identifies and monitors sensitive data, seeing where it moves throughout an organization. Now that most organizations store data in the cloud, DLP can be integrated with a cloud access security broker to extend these DLP policies to the cloud. Extending DLP policies to the cloud is one reason we recommend implementing DLP services. When you implement DLP services a team of engineers with work to implement, integrate and deploy your DLP solutions. They will monitor if the DLP is working effectively and continuously review policies as your organization grows and adopts new data. By continuously monitoring data, DLP services help to enforce zero trust. When combined with other solutions and best practices such as multi-factor authentication and encryption, DLP can help build a zero-trust environment, better-preventing cyber-attacks.