News headlines about the increasing frequency of unauthorized access to sensitive data and identity theft have focused awareness on data security and privacy breaches-and their consequences. In response to this issue, regulations (SOX, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FISMA, EU Data Privacy Directive) along with the rising number of regulatory mandates have increased the pressure to show immediate compliance, otherwise failure to ensure compliance can result in significant financial penalties and even jail time. In addition, organizations also risk losing customer loyalty and damaging brand equity. This paper examines the complex data security and privacy threat landscape; compliance and regulatory requirements; and, the IBM InfoSphere portfolio of integrated solutions designed to help you stay focused on meeting your organization's business goals, achieving compliance and reducing risk. IBM InfoSphere solutions for data security and privacy support a holistic approach ensuring the protection and integrity of your data that includes: . Identifying common sources of risk . Understanding of where the data resides . Protecting structured and unstructured data . Securing non-production environments [offline vs. online data] . Safeguarding heterogeneous DBMS and data warehouse platforms . Continuous monitoring of access to data . Redacting sensitive data . Encrypting enterprise data . Centralizing policies management, audit reporting and sign-offs . Demonstrating compliance to pass audits
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