SOURCE: Safend

July 09, 2008 11:10 ET

Pass the Sunscreen and Your Sensitive Data

Safend Announces Top-Five Tips for Keeping Data Safe During Your Employees' 'Connected Vacation'

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - Today, more and more corporate workers -- from senior executives to office administrators -- are making 'disconnected vacations' a luxury of the past. Professionals are no longer leaving productivity tools at home, making themselves accessible and business-aware even when on vacation. The proliferation of devices like Blackberrys, iPods, USB sticks and PDAs makes it easier than ever to check email and read the latest revenue report while lounging on the beach thousands of miles away from the office.

As the number of vacationers taking their laptops and devices poolside increases, so do the risks to corporate data. These devices often contain confidential corporate information that could be seriously compromised if the devices were lost or stolen. This is a pertinent issue for corporations whose employees are accessing sensitive data while on vacation and may inadvertently leave the device behind. In order to truly ensure the security of confidential data -- even when it is out of the office and going along for the family vacation -- effective DLP strategies and policies need to be deployed.

Safend, a leading provider of enterprise endpoint Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) solutions, has devised the top-five tips for ensuring that your employees' 'connected vacations' don't equate to data leaks and corporate headaches.

These tips include:

--  Written Data Security Policies: Effective policies governing access to
    confidential data is step one in making sure critical data remains in the
    office even when employees are poolside.
    
--  Access Control: Put measures in place to know who is allowed to access
    what data -- in the office or in Venice. For example, only allow files of a
    certain size and/or certain file types to be copied to thumb drives and
    other removable media, or only allow data to be copied to a specific device
    by serial number.
    
--  Encrypt Everything: Once your files are flying with you to Mexico via
    your USB stick, encryption is essential to ensure that unauthorized parties
    can't read them, even if your laptop or device gets lost in baggage claim.
    
--  Secure Connections: Not every WiFi hot spot around the globe is
    equipped with the necessary security to ensure your data's integrity.
    Restricting wireless port access helps avoid sensitive data from being
    pilfered while you sip your latte, awaiting a connecting flight.
    
--  Necessities Only: Just like that extra swimsuit, do you really need
    your laptop, USB stick and flash drive? The best way to keep data safe is
    to only take what you absolutely need.
    

Anyone interested in speaking to Safend about the top-five tips for a secure, connected vacation or data leakage threats and solutions can contact Lisa Astor or Stacy Pelletier at Safend@pancomm.com or 978-474-1900. For more information on Safend, please visit www.safend.com.

About Safend

Safend is a leading provider of endpoint data leakage prevention solutions that protect against corporate data loss via physical, wireless and removable media ports while ensuring compliance with regulatory data security and privacy standards. With more than 700 customers worldwide and 1.5 million licenses sold, Safend's solutions are deployed by multinational enterprises, government agencies and small to mid-size companies across the globe. Founded in 2003, Safend is a privately held company funded by Elron Electronics (NASDAQ: ELRN) (TASE: ELRN), Intel Capital and Walden Israel. Safend is headquartered in Tel Aviv with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.safend.com.

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