What is Data Security Posture Management?

How Does It Work?


Ardent Privacy's DSPM solutions adopt a multi-phase strategy to detect and address potential security threats to an organization's data. These include:

A DSPM solution automates the process of identifying and categorizing sensitive data within the organization, utilizing tools such as AWS Macie. Additionally, it maps the flow and utilization of data throughout the organization's infrastructure.

DSPM solutions utilize various methods to detect potential risks to an organization's sensitive data, including vulnerability scans and configuration audits to uncover threats and security vulnerabilities. Based on these assessments, the organization can enforce security measures to oversee and mitigate potential data security risks.

DSPM solutions continuously monitor and audit an organization's sensitive data, enabling swift identification of potential risks and weaknesses in data security controls.

DSPM facilitates incident response through automated incident detection and remediation via workflows. For instance, automated remediation can ascertain and apply the appropriate permissions for a zero-trust access control policy.

Why Do Enterprises Need Data Security Posture Management (DSPM)?

Data represents a cornerstone of value for many organizations. Modern companies stand to gain several advantages from DSPM, including:

DSPM enables organizations to proactively address and swiftly respond to data security threats, reducing the likelihood and potential costs of a data breach.

Various regulations mandate stringent controls over access to sensitive data and necessitate measures to safeguard it against breaches. DSPM provides continuous monitoring and safeguarding, thereby minimizing the risk of unauthorized access and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

Data breaches can inflict substantial harm on an organization's reputation among customers, vendors, and partners. Through mitigating data security risks, DSPM reduces the probability of a detrimental data breach, thereby safeguarding the organization's reputation.


Key Capabilities of DSPM


DSPM solutions possess the ability to pinpoint and categorize sensitive data within an organization's infrastructure, including uncovering data flows and repositories that may be unknown to the organization.

DSPM solutions offer insights into an organization's access controls and provide feedback to identify overly permissive permissions that violate the principle of least privilege, thereby exposing the organization to additional data security risks.

DSPM solutions encompass various capabilities for detecting and addressing risks. This includes vulnerability scanning, monitoring configurations, and employing behavioral analytics to identify potential security vulnerabilities and insider threats.

DSPM solutions assist organizations in upholding regulatory compliance by overseeing and regulating access to sensitive personal information of customers. Moreover, they may integrate specialized regulatory expertise to streamline compliance reporting.

DSPM Use Cases

DSPM can be used to address several use cases within a business. These include:

DSPM solutions facilitate the identification, classification, and access management of organizational data. This enhances data protection and aids in regulatory compliance adherence.

DSPM, in conjunction with Effective Risk Management practices, assists in monitoring and remedying potential vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that cybercriminals may exploit to target an organization's data.

DSPM supports the implementation of the principle of least privilege, crucial to the zero-trust security model. By working alongside cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM), DSPM identifies instances of excessive access and helps enforce least privilege.

DSPM solutions operate seamlessly across diverse cloud-based environments, enabling organizations to efficiently detect and manage data security throughout their entire infrastructure.


Other Acronyms

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