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With WFH, Businesses Are at Greater Risk of Data Breaches: Filip Cotfas, Head India, CoSoSys

COVID-19 has caused a disruptive change in the technology culture and infrastructure of every medium-sized and large organization. This means changes will continue coming – and hackers will continue to target our growing dependence on digital tools that contain sensitive data of all sorts.

DynamicCIO spoke to Filip Cotfas, Head India,  CoSoSys, a DLP Solution Provider, about how the organisation is helping endpoints safeguard sensitive data from loss, leakage, and theft through their endpoint centric DLP solutions.

DynamicCISO: In the past 3-4 months, since the time of the Covid-19 outbreak, one area that has become crucial for businesses is the safety of data and information. How do you assess the situation? 

Filip Cotfas: Data privacy and protection has never been more important than now, due to COVID and WFH (Work from Home) it is imperative for all companies to take all security measures and adopt best practices.

Along with the WFH policy, the number of security threats is rising, putting sensitive data in danger. With a Data Loss Prevention solution in place, companies can monitor and control the transfer and use of personal information remotely, ensuring that it is not sent outside the company or uploaded to unauthorized third party services.

DCISO: What are the key challenges that organizations have been facing during the Covid-19 crisis period and how should they be looking at the issues of data leakage and loss to prevent thefts?

FC: Remote users are harder to monitor, working from different networks, companies need to implement solutions that help them protect their data even if the users are remote. 

During this pandemic, employees have been allowed to operate remotely, but shifting to the remote working model can put the businesses at risk. A challenge for organizations is maintaining security while ensuring smooth operation without interruptions. New threats like employees’ tendency to relax security practices while working from home, can lead to disastrous results. Sensitive and confidential information leaving a company’s premises will always be more vulnerable than when it is firmly within reach of a well-secured company network.

DCISO: Tell us a little bit about CoSoSys, its legacy in DLP, and its presence in India – across industries sectors and scenarios?

FC: CoSoSys was founded in 2004. Since then, our team and solutions have grown every year. We now proudly protect over 11.5 million users worldwide. 

We are a leading developer of endpoint centric Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions and security software and won many international DLP awards with our flagship product, Endpoint Protector.  We have been recognized in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Data Loss Prevention and in 2019, 2018 and 2017 Radicati Group Data Loss Prevention Market Quadrant and many others.

We have been present in India for about 10 years and have been working through our channel partners.

DCISO: What comprehensive Data Loss Prevention (DLP) CoSoSys offers in the market today to respond to the data security needs in the changed scenario?

FC: Our continuous growth is due to closely listening to our users’ feedback and our dedication to innovation. As data security threats continue to evolve, so do we and our solutions. With WFH policy, businesses have never been more at risk of data breaches than today. 

Endpoint Protector by CoSoSys has several modules that help in safeguarding sensitive data from loss, leakage, and theft. With the content-aware protection module, enterprises can filter what data can or cannot leave their network and offers an advanced method of inspecting confidential data based on both content and context. It protects data in motion ranging from the file type, through predefined and custom content filtering to different regulations such as the GDPR or the Personal Data Protection Bill of 2019.

DCISO: What is the go-to-market strategy of the company to create a comprehensive outreach program in the Indian market?

FC: Our company has strengthened its Channel Partner Program, educating all partners with the right guidance for best practices to accelerate the adoption of a data protection strategy that works for the WFH scenario. This includes training sessions and webinars with the channel partners on a daily basis.

DCISO: What is the company’s future roadmap in terms of technology research and development and how do you see that panning out in India?

FC: We try to be one step ahead by working with technology partners (zero-day support for macOS). India is one of our main markets, and we are always looking for innovative ways to help our customers from India and all over the world.

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