written by Pierluigi Stella
First of all, allow me to make a distinction between data loss and data leak.
If we talk about loss, well, prevention of data loss encompasses the entire realm of security. That’s it, that’s what security is all about – preventing data from being stolen, or corrupted, or somehow destroyed. Data leak, on the other hand, is a particular aspect of the problem – it is the loss that occurs in small quantities, slowly, over time, and has internal causes, such as accidental distribution of classified information, or intentional insider theft. And this is likely the most important aspect of data leak – it’s always related to an insider issue, be it intentional or accidental. (Read more)