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Discovering and Securing Sensitive Data With Alibaba Cloud – Part 2

Part 2 of this 3-part series introduces the Alibaba Cloud SDDP suite and how to discover sensitive data and protect it.

By Shantanu Kaushik

In Part 1 of this 3-part series, we discussed data discovery and how important it is for sensitive data to be discovered and protected. In this article, we will introduce the Alibaba Cloud Sensitive Data Discovery and Protection (SDDP) suite.

Data Discovery and Protection Steps

1.  Data Collection and Analysis

Any data (general or sensitive) flowing through the system or stored temporarily or permanently should be indexed and assembled within the system for better observability and security. This information should be documented for reference.

Once your data is assorted and indexed, you can start analyzing it. Data should be assorted and classified in increasing or decreasing sensitivity levels. This information is highly useful for security and compliance requirements. All unnecessary data should be removed to maintain productivity and compliance standards.

2.  Securing Data

All the data within your organization must be protected. The level of protection will vary, with sensitive data getting preference in classification and protection. Alibaba Cloud SDDP protects sensitive data while the data encryption service can be used for encryption with data at rest and in motion. Cloud Firewall is another remarkable protection suite that protects your data from outside attacks and breach attempts.

3.  Data Implementation

After the implementation of security practices with your data, you will begin to formulate insights over it and use this data with different services and solutions to extract value and increase business intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud Solution

Sensitive Data Discovery and Protection

Alibaba Cloud introduced the SDDP suite as an all-in-one data security solution that offers a plethora of features:

  • Sensitive Data Discovery
  • Classification of Sensitive Data
  • Data Grading
  • De-Identification

This helps organizations secure their sensitive data based on a classification index and meet compliance requirements from regulatory authorities. Another primary facet of Alibaba Cloud SDDP is personal information protection. Alibaba Cloud SDDP is an integrated data security solution that provides rich features and state-of-the-art sensitive data protection.

Sensitive data leakage or breach can cause serious economic and reputation deferment for your enterprise. We recommend using a solution that caters to different segments of data sensitivity. Sensitive data exists throughout your data sources within your cloud and on-premise structure. This data exists in different forms and includes high value data types, such as:

  • Customer Information
  • Technical Documentation
  • Personal Information

Alibaba Cloud SDDP can scan through your data within data sources, such as:

Alibaba Cloud SDDP is based on the predefined prime movers of sensitive data and determines whether data is sensitive based on the number of times the data counts with sensitive data detection rules.

Let’s take a look at the architectural flow of information associated with Alibaba Cloud SDDP on the chart below:


Features and Benefits

Alibaba Cloud Sensitive Data Discovery and Protection (SDDP) uses big data technologies and machine learning capabilities. It applies intelligent algorithms to discover and monitor sensitive data and high-risk activities that include anomalous data access and potential data leaks. SDDP provides insightful suggestions on how to resolve detected issues.

Alibaba Cloud SDDP also enables data visualization to showcase the results of sensitive data detection, enabling you to obtain a clear view of the security status of your data. SDDP dynamically displays data sources and allows you to query these data sources using the visualized service panel.

With Alibaba Cloud SDDP, you can discover sensitive data with just a few clicks, with data sources of any size. Some of the prime features and benefits of Alibaba Cloud SDDP are listed below:

1.  Big Data Security and Management

Alibaba Cloud SDDP provides comprehensive and centralized data security management for traditional and cloud-native databases along with various data lakes and storage services, including but not limited to:

2.  All-Around Cloud-Native Security

Alibaba Cloud SDDP provides all-around data-centric protection. This enables you to provide uniform automated security for your cloud resources.

Alibaba Cloud SDDP helps you detect sensitive data accurately and use its highly refined algorithms to classify and grade the sensitive data discovered automatically. SDDP also aggregates your data sources and provides diversified de-identification algorithms for any useless data or data with an expired usability period.

3.  Multiple Data Sources

Alibaba Cloud SDDP protects the data in diversified data sources on the cloud. With SDDP, you can easily manage data security in a more unified and centralized manner as the service enables seamless integration and discovery throughout multiple data sources, including mainstream databases and different types of big data services, such as:

4.  Integration

Alibaba Cloud SDDP does not deploy any agent for its services to work. That helps you save a lot of resources and costs. After SDDP activation, you can start using the secure and efficient out-of-the-box features.

5.  Automation

Alibaba Cloud SDDP can identify, classify, grade, and de-identify sensitive data stored throughout your cloud data sources. With SDDP, you can use various standard algorithms and defense rules to manage sensitive data resources in a centralized manner.

Continued in Part 3

In Part 3 of this 3-part series, we will discuss how Alibaba Cloud SDDP works with cloud resources undergoing continuous evolution. We will discuss some of the prominent usage scenarios and how you can extract value through security.

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