2020 has been a rough year for data security. The rapid transition from in-office to remote work environments increases attack opportunities for cybercriminals, and they’ve taken full advantage of the situation. Panda Security reports that the cyberthreat landscape has increased significantly due to COVID-19, and ReedSmith says that scams have increased by 400 percent. Phishing rates have risen to 80 percent of employees, and the likelihood that they click the links went up 15 percent according to a Get App report.

Risk-Based Security found that publicly reported data breach numbers reached 2,935 in Q1-Q3 2020, with 36 billion records involved. The largest breach of 2020 is SolarWinds, which is a security vendor for federal government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Cybercriminals executed a manual supply chain attack that compromised updates for SolarWinds' network management tool. The U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments were impacted, and it's likely many other organizations and federal agencies were as well. CISA directed federal agencies to fully disconnect from this tool to limit the damage potential of this breach.

The top data security tools for 2021 aim to protect distributed workforces, cloud and hybrid environments, and critical infrastructure amid a chaotic and stressful pandemic. We chose these solutions based on their G2 review ratings, suitability in adapting the data security needs of 2021, and customer reviews.

Table of Contents:

  1. HashiCorp Vault
  2. FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall
  3. Egnyte
  4. Incydr
  5. Cloudguard SaaS
  6. Google Apigee Sense
  7. Xplenty and Data Security

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1) HashiCorp Vault

HashiCorp Vault is a centralized key management solution that offers Encryption as a Service. This platform allows you to better protect sensitive data in the cloud, along with offering better visibility into your organization’s key management. Encrypting and decrypting data is a simple process through the available APIs, including UI, CLI, and HTTP. It’s FIPS 140-2 certified for organizations that need to follow specific compliance measures.

HashiCorp Vault supports using:

  • Encryption keys
  • Tokens
  • Passwords
  • Certificates

2) FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall

Standard firewalls aren’t built for high throughput or hybrid cloud environments. When you have demanding requirements for your data center, you need a purpose-built solution that acts as the first line of defense for your network. FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall is a network security platform designed to protect organizations from internal and external threats in complex multi-cloud and hybrid hyper-scale data center environments. FortiGate’s solutions perform the duties of a typical firewall and extend far beyond them to best meet the modern business world's needs.

The advanced threat detection features of FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall include:

  • SSL inspection
  • Advanced visibility
  • Protection-at-scale
  • Deep content inspection
  • Intrusion prevention system
  • 100 Gbps throughput

3) Egnyte

Distributed workforces need access to content and other resources to do their job properly. These files may be spread throughout multiple cloud storage providers, network drives, home office computers, and countless other locations. Preventing unauthorized access to this data while allowing remote workers to access it can be a challenge without the right solution. Egnyte is a centralized business content management platform that provides data governance, administration and security for organizations with distributed workforces and others that need similar levels of flexibility. It includes many useful features for protecting sensitive data without compromising on anytime, anywhere access to the content.

Egnyte features that improve your data security for business content include:

  • Over 30 content classification patterns for regulatory compliance
  • AI-driven security policy enforcement
  • Set granular permissions to better handle Bring Your Own Device security
  • Detects unusual behavior automatically
  • Offers automatic risk scoring

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4) Incydr

Many organizations spend their time focusing on external threats, but protecting only the perimeter doesn’t work well in an environment involving hundreds, thousands, or millions of home offices, multi-cloud, and other complexities. Incydr by Code 42 is a data risk detection and response SaaS platform that’s designed to work with remote workforces and business environments focused on collaboration. This data security tool focuses specifically on internal risks. The platform evaluates the way that your organization’s data is used and determines whether concerning behavior occurs.

The activity Incydr tracks include:

  • File creation
  • File deletion
  • File modification
  • File movement

A unique feature with Incydr is that it will flag concerning activities even if they are allowed under your current security policy. If you have a major blind spot, you can use Incydr to address these vulnerabilities and oversights.

5) CloudGuard SaaS

With more employees working from home, cloud-based email platforms offer a convenient option for keeping them in the loop. However, threats such as phishing don’t stop just because employees are at home. CloudGuard SaaS helps your organization protect cloud-based email from the cyberthreats facing these platforms. If your enterprise uses either Office 365 or G Suite, you get robust cloud security protection with advanced phishing detection, malware blocking, account takeover prevention, and data protection.

Features that are included with CloudGuard SaaS include:

  • Threat emulation and extraction
  • User access control
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Unauthorized user blocking
  • Malicious activity identification
  • Data leak protection

6) Google Apigee Sense

APIs may introduce vulnerable attack surfaces in your organization, but they’re necessary for many modern business applications. Google Apigee Sense is an API protection tool that detects suspicious behavior on an API and can automatically protect against an attack using a rules-based system. When Google Apigee Sense detects a potential attack, it sends admin notifications so you can act quickly to address issues without compromising the API’s user experience.

Features in Google Apigee Sense include:

  • Visual risk analytics dashboards
  • Bot ensnaring
  • Blocking and throttling
  • Intelligent risk models

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These data security tools address the trending cybersecurity threats coming up in 2021, and you can improve your level of protection by managing the data that you use in your databases and applications. Xplenty’s ETL capabilities help you mask sensitive data, clean data sets of personally identifying information, and encrypt important data. Contact our customer service team to get your own 14-day pilot and experience the Xplenty platform for yourself.