Containerization of Data: Take Back Control of Your Data

February 26, 2016 – Hackers are getting more aggressive every day, just as new gaps in security systems also continue to pop up. It’s estimated that 60% of enterprises allow use of personal devices in the office, opening your company to security threats and data leakage. Your challenge is to provide security as this trend continues to play out.

The risks of losing confidential information and being subject to governmental penalties can put your company at risk (potentially out of business)! Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) aims to protect your company by managing your employees’ mobile device applications and functionality, like DropBox or Sharefile, aiming to increase security while providing the right tools for your staff to work more efficiently.

Containerization of data.

Have you ever received an excel report from a client prompting you to insert a password to view the document? That’s an example of containerization of data across mobile devices.

Containerization of data describes taking your data protection to the next level through where and how you store your data. Usually, companies store their data inside the cloud or a shared data center. But, with containerization of data, data is encapsulated within a privately controlled corporate environment. Also, the data is encrypted with a security key, so nobody can penetrate the data unless they have the necessary credentials.

E-mail data leakage.

The most common way for companies to lose their data is through email. Most companies allow employees to use their personal devices to receive work related documents or emails. If your employee were to lose their phone, say leaving it behind on an airplane for example, and you didn’t have the proper security protocols in place, a hacker could easily infiltrate your employee’s email and steal confidential data.

Imagine if your CEO were to send a confidential e-mail to the CFO about the company’s 5-year strategy, including budget and revenue projections. Would you want your competitor to have access to that message? Or, what if you were discussing a merger with another company and the deal went off because your e-mail appeared on the front page of your local newspaper? You may think it can’t happen to you, but without proper security, your company is very much at risk.

In a containerized environment, all e-mail is secured, encrypted, encapsulated into that device, and cannot be hacked.

Shared file data leakage.

The other way data leakage can occur is through public applications on mobile devices. Many companies leverage free tools, like file sharing services, to increase productivity, but don’t realize that these unsecure consumer-grade applications are magnets for hackers.

For instance, confidential information on merger and acquisition is often shared between companies across multiple devices, increasing the possibility of data leakage if none of the companies have secure environments in place.

In a containerized environment you can share a file using your secure ShareFile app, and the person receiving the document will be able to open the file using your encrypted and secured server. You even have the ability to expire the document if it isn’t opened in a certain period of time. This is a great way to ensure your data will only get into the hands of the interested parties.

Whether you’re a small company or a big business, it’s imperative to protect your data by containing the information under one secure environment. Enterprise Mobile Management controls where emails can be sent, how they are accessed (prompting for a password), and where documents can be shared. Your data is “contained,” no matter where your employees are and what devices they are using.

For information on how Coretek can help with your Enterprise Mobility Management, click here.

2017-07-27T00:00:59+00:00 March 7th, 2016|News|

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