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How to prevent Google Drive Leaks?

How to prevent Google Drive Leaks?
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May 2, 2024
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How to prevent Google Drive Leaks?

TL;DR

TL;DR:

  • Google Drive leaks pose significant risks to organizations of all sizes, including accidental sharing, external breaches, insider threats, and third-party integrations.
  • Consequences of Google Drive leaks can include loss of intellectual property, regulatory non-compliance, and damage to reputation.
  • Strac Google Drive DLP application helps prevent leaks by detecting sensitive files, preventing unauthorized file sharing, redacting sensitive data, alerting for PII breaches, and providing customizable data elements and audit reports.
  • Businesses can safeguard their Google Drive workspace and prevent data loss or leaks by implementing the Strac Google Drive DLP application.

In an age where digital data reigns supreme, the security of sensitive information is paramount. Google Drive, a popular cloud storage solution, offers convenience and accessibility, but its use comes with inherent risks. From accidental sharing to malicious breaches, Google Drive leaks have the potential to wreak havoc on organizations of all sizes. However, with the right tools and strategies in place, businesses can mitigate these risks and safeguard their data effectively.

Understanding Google Drive Leaks

Google Drive leaks can occur in various forms, each posing unique challenges and consequences for affected organizations. Some common types of leaks include:

  1. Accidental Sharing: Employees may inadvertently share sensitive documents or folders with unintended recipients, exposing confidential information to unauthorized individuals.
  2. External Breaches: Cybercriminals may exploit vulnerabilities in Google Drive's security infrastructure to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data stored within the platform.
  3. Insider Threats: Disgruntled employees or malicious insiders may intentionally leak confidential information, either for personal gain or to harm the organization.
  4. Third-Party Integrations: Integrations with third-party applications or services may inadvertently expose data stored on Google Drive to external threats or vulnerabilities.

Impact of Google Drive Leaks

The consequences of Google Drive leaks can be severe, leading to financial losses, reputational damage, and legal repercussions for affected organizations. Some of the potential impacts include:

  • Loss of Intellectual Property: Leaked documents or proprietary information can compromise a company's competitive advantage and intellectual property rights.
  • Regulatory Non-Compliance: Failure to adequately protect sensitive data stored on Google Drive may result in regulatory fines and penalties for non-compliance with data protection laws.
  • Damage to Reputation: Public exposure of confidential information can erode customer trust and tarnish the reputation of the organization, leading to long-term repercussions for its brand image.

How to prevent Google Drive Leaks?

Here's how the Strac Google Drive DLP application safeguards your team's Google Drive workspace and shields your organization from data loss or leaks:

  1. Detection of Sensitive Files: Once integrated and activated, the Strac Google Drive DLP application diligently identifies sensitive files shared within your workspace.
  2. File Sharing Prevention: Teams can establish customized workflows for file sharing. For instance, files are sent only after approval from the designated owner. If rejected, the file won't be transmitted to external parties, ensuring tighter control over data distribution.
    1. Strac: Get an alert of external sharing and prevent the file sharing
  3. Sensitive Data Redaction: Strac effectively masks or redacts sensitive files and data, ensuring that only authorized users can access the redacted contents within the secure Strac UI vault.
  4. Alerting for PII: Strac promptly notifies configured users, security teams, or integrates with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems regarding sensitive data (PII) breaches or incidents.
  5. Customizable Data Elements: Businesses have the flexibility to configure a comprehensive list of sensitive data elements such as Social Security Numbers, Dates of Birth, Driver's License numbers, Passport details, Credit Card numbers, Debit Card information, API Keys, and more, providing a full catalog of protection. Full list of data elements: ‎https://www.strac.io/blog/strac-catalog-of-sensitive-data-elements
  6. Audit Reports: Compliance, Risk, and Security officers receive detailed audit reports, offering insights into who accessed specific messages or files, ensuring accountability and compliance with regulatory standards.

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Founder, Strac. ex-Amazon Payments Infrastructure (Widget, API, Security) Builder for 11 years.

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