All organisations, regardless of location and industry, are expected to understand and respect countless rules and regulations. These may be local, national or international and obviously, many will depend on the precise line of business. However, one fact is universal: breaking one of these laws could put your business in serious peril.

As the Clearswift white paper, ‘Protecting against the leading causes of data breach’, makes only too clear, the cost of non-compliance can be ruinous. In one case, a large American retailer suffered a data-loss breach that led to the leaking of some 42 million credit and debit card details. Quite apart from the damage to its reputation and loss of customer trust, this failure to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) ended up costing the firm hundreds of millions of dollars in associated costs, claims and settlements.

Plainly, this is but one example and PCI DSS is but one set of regulations – but it is hardly an isolated incident. Who, for example, could forget the UK government’s loss of 25 million child-benefit records, which included names, addresses, National Insurance numbers and even bank details? Clearly, when it comes to compliance no organisation – not even the governments making the laws – can afford to be complacent.


That’s why Clearswift SECURE Web and Email Gateway products protect your organisation from these risks using an extensive collection of managed lists, editable terms and compliance dictionaries. These include:

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • Personally identifiable information (PII)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Securities and Equities Commission (SEC)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)


Further reading…

The need for DLP now

Overall, DLP is a great security technology, but it is not security pixie dust that can magically secure your network. The steps listed here are a few of the many that need to be done for a formal DLP rollout… (Registration required)


Why Encrypt?

The overarching message as a result of this report is simple – IT security must be brought out of the dark depths of the IT department and given clarity across the organisation… (Registration required)


Email Encryption datasheet

Clearswift’s SECURE Email Gateway provides an easy to use approach to providing secure email conversations…