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When customers give you their data, they are placing their trust in you. Do you deserve it?

Before you answer, consider whether you are taking proactive measures to earn their trust, including:

  • Comprehensive data security protocols, including encryption and access control
  • Transparent privacy policies about how data is collected, used, and stored
  • Compliance with constantly evolving data protection laws and regulations
  • Clear and informed consent procedures for web or app users
  • Data minimization by collecting only data that is required and disposal when it is no longer relevant.
  • Continuous, ongoing security and data auditing for potential compliance gaps.

A KPMG survey notes there is a deep disconnect between company data practices and what consumers expect; 86% of the U.S. population believes data privacy is a growing concern, and 62% say organizations need to do more to keep their customers’ data private. Even if you think you are doing everything you should, a lot of people are not buying it—40% of those surveyed said they do not trust companies to use their data ethically.

We all have work to do. Data privacy should be a basic human right. At Zendata, we believe it takes trust, transparency, and integrity to change this perception. We build these ideals into everything we do. Not only do we provide tools to protect data, we help you preserve that trust and protect the people behind the data.

Data Security Tools for 2024

There are several key types of data security tools you need to put in place. These include:

Firewall: Monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on preset security rules, acting as a barrier between internal and external connections. Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) have robust built-in security toolsets.

Authentication and Authorization: Verify the identity of users or systems, managing access levels at the application layer to ensure secure and controlled access to data and resources.

Encryption: Transform data into a secure format, making it unreadable without the appropriate decryption key, safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access at rest and in transit.

Data Masking: Disguise original data to protect sensitive information during non-production usage, ensuring that realistic but fictional data is presented to users, minimizing the risk of data exposure.

Data Backup and Resilience: Create secure copies of data to prevent loss in case of system failures or data corruption.

Data Erasure: Comply with data erasure policies and prevent unauthorized recovery after data is removed at the end of its lifecycle.

Evolving Your Data Security Toolset

As cyber threats continue evolving rapidly, organizations need to stay one step ahead. Upgrading security strategies and adopting new solutions are key to reducing risk. Here are some priorities to consider for updating your data security tools to stay current.

Upgrade Cloud Security

In the past year, four in 10 businesses had a data breach in their cloud environment. Tools like ZenData's platform provide continuous visibility into data flows to quickly identify misuse or policy violations.

Prioritize API Security

Most companies now utilize application programming interfaces (APIs) extensively and breaches related to APIs are surging; 94% of security data professionals say they have experienced security problems in production APIs.

Prepare for Quantum Threats

Government agencies recommend developing plans to implement post-quantum cryptography, which can resist quantum computing attacks on current encryption. Inventory your most sensitive assets and systems to prioritize for upgrades.

Embrace AI-Driven Security

AI can analyze massive datasets and detect anomalies at machine speed. Integrating AI-powered monitoring tools, like ZenData uses, helps ensure you keep your data private and stay in compliance with evolving privacy rules.

AI tools are being deployed more commonly to augment code writing, but—so far—they are not perfect. AI-generated code in codebases introduces additional risk. Apply accountability measures and cybersecurity vetting to any AI or open-source solutions.

Evolve Zero Trust Architecture

While most organizations now use ZTNA, the approach must be continuously improved as threats change. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published version 2.0 of its Zero Trust Maturity Model to guide organizations. It is worth reviewing to see how your zero-trust architecture needs to evolve as your organization’s cybersecurity matures.

With security, data protection tools are crucial to maintaining privacy and thwarting cyber attacks. You need to be proactive about cybersecurity to stay on top of emerging threats, evolving privacy regulations, and cybercriminals that are constantly on the prowl.

Zendata provides ongoing data privacy audits to identify risks and provide recommendations for mitigating issues or compliance concerns. We also provide consulting to help address shortfalls in your data privacy policies.

Start by doing a complimentary assessment of your website or app. Let Zendata help build trust and confidence in your tech stack.

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The Complete Data Security Tools List for 2024

December 8, 2023

When customers give you their data, they are placing their trust in you. Do you deserve it?

Before you answer, consider whether you are taking proactive measures to earn their trust, including:

  • Comprehensive data security protocols, including encryption and access control
  • Transparent privacy policies about how data is collected, used, and stored
  • Compliance with constantly evolving data protection laws and regulations
  • Clear and informed consent procedures for web or app users
  • Data minimization by collecting only data that is required and disposal when it is no longer relevant.
  • Continuous, ongoing security and data auditing for potential compliance gaps.

A KPMG survey notes there is a deep disconnect between company data practices and what consumers expect; 86% of the U.S. population believes data privacy is a growing concern, and 62% say organizations need to do more to keep their customers’ data private. Even if you think you are doing everything you should, a lot of people are not buying it—40% of those surveyed said they do not trust companies to use their data ethically.

We all have work to do. Data privacy should be a basic human right. At Zendata, we believe it takes trust, transparency, and integrity to change this perception. We build these ideals into everything we do. Not only do we provide tools to protect data, we help you preserve that trust and protect the people behind the data.

Data Security Tools for 2024

There are several key types of data security tools you need to put in place. These include:

Firewall: Monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on preset security rules, acting as a barrier between internal and external connections. Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) have robust built-in security toolsets.

Authentication and Authorization: Verify the identity of users or systems, managing access levels at the application layer to ensure secure and controlled access to data and resources.

Encryption: Transform data into a secure format, making it unreadable without the appropriate decryption key, safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access at rest and in transit.

Data Masking: Disguise original data to protect sensitive information during non-production usage, ensuring that realistic but fictional data is presented to users, minimizing the risk of data exposure.

Data Backup and Resilience: Create secure copies of data to prevent loss in case of system failures or data corruption.

Data Erasure: Comply with data erasure policies and prevent unauthorized recovery after data is removed at the end of its lifecycle.

Evolving Your Data Security Toolset

As cyber threats continue evolving rapidly, organizations need to stay one step ahead. Upgrading security strategies and adopting new solutions are key to reducing risk. Here are some priorities to consider for updating your data security tools to stay current.

Upgrade Cloud Security

In the past year, four in 10 businesses had a data breach in their cloud environment. Tools like ZenData's platform provide continuous visibility into data flows to quickly identify misuse or policy violations.

Prioritize API Security

Most companies now utilize application programming interfaces (APIs) extensively and breaches related to APIs are surging; 94% of security data professionals say they have experienced security problems in production APIs.

Prepare for Quantum Threats

Government agencies recommend developing plans to implement post-quantum cryptography, which can resist quantum computing attacks on current encryption. Inventory your most sensitive assets and systems to prioritize for upgrades.

Embrace AI-Driven Security

AI can analyze massive datasets and detect anomalies at machine speed. Integrating AI-powered monitoring tools, like ZenData uses, helps ensure you keep your data private and stay in compliance with evolving privacy rules.

AI tools are being deployed more commonly to augment code writing, but—so far—they are not perfect. AI-generated code in codebases introduces additional risk. Apply accountability measures and cybersecurity vetting to any AI or open-source solutions.

Evolve Zero Trust Architecture

While most organizations now use ZTNA, the approach must be continuously improved as threats change. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published version 2.0 of its Zero Trust Maturity Model to guide organizations. It is worth reviewing to see how your zero-trust architecture needs to evolve as your organization’s cybersecurity matures.

With security, data protection tools are crucial to maintaining privacy and thwarting cyber attacks. You need to be proactive about cybersecurity to stay on top of emerging threats, evolving privacy regulations, and cybercriminals that are constantly on the prowl.

Zendata provides ongoing data privacy audits to identify risks and provide recommendations for mitigating issues or compliance concerns. We also provide consulting to help address shortfalls in your data privacy policies.

Start by doing a complimentary assessment of your website or app. Let Zendata help build trust and confidence in your tech stack.