To help businesses identify and protect their data, Verizon Business has launched an enhanced and expanded version of its IT security consulting services.
The services, called Data Discovery, Identification and Security Classification (DDISC), address a key security issue for businesses: the heightened risk they face because they often do not know where all of their data resides in today’s highly connected business world, or even what the data contains. In fact, for two-thirds of the data involved in breaches that Verizon Business investigated in its “2009 Data Breach Investigations Report,” the breached organization did not know the data even existed on its systems.
The DDISC services – which are immediately available in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region – discover, identify and classify data stored on a business’ servers and extended network linking customers, partners and suppliers. As part of the services, Verizon business IT security consultants review the relevance and sensitivity of the data, and compare it with the enterprise customer’s business goals. This information is then used to determine whether the company is handling and securing its data appropriately.
Verizon’s DDISC also helps organizations manage compliance with security standards and regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA).
Previously, Verizon Business had offered its security consulting services to businesses on a custom basis. To create DDISC, Verizon Business standardized and strengthened these services to ensure uniformity across its global security practice.