Information security company G-71 has released its new data protection solution LeaksID, said Businesswire. This cloud-based technology seeks to protect documents from being leaked through various means.
LeaksID uses patented technology to discourage malicious parties from leaking sensitive information through screenshots, screen photos, print outs, and email sharing. Its website describes this tech as “a turnkey solution” that enhances document security.
This new tool uses a proprietary algorithm to generate unique copies of documents containing private data. These copies are embedded with logs or marks that appear invisible. It can create up to 256 billion unique copies with non-removable marks.
The tech ensures that new logs will be created in every instance that the document is opened, emailed, or printed out. This guarantees that any occurrence of leaks, even small areas of the document, can be traced back to the perpetrator through the embedded marks.
Information that can be gathered using the logs includes the identity of the person who viewed the file, the date and location of the leak, and the device used to leak data.
G-71’s new data protection solution came during a time when cyberattacks have become more frequent in light of the virus pandemic and its effects on the workplace, with many companies letting their staff work from home.
LeaksID offers a potentially more effective mode of protecting documents offline compared to traditional ones. G-71 CEO Sergey Voynov said that while most culprits of leaks are outsiders, there is still a certain level of risk from people on the inside.
According to Voynov, “People with access to a document containing sensitive information pose just as much of a threat. Their motivation can vary from malicious intent to carelessness and lack of knowledge about the safe handling of restricted information.”
Voynov believes that LeaksID technology can create a transparent environment. However, the effectiveness of implementing this new tool depends on the awareness of users.
This means that in order for it to work, all people who handle documents with sensitive info must be aware of the new data protection tool being used so that they will be discouraged to leak information.
Given that all parties know that a technical solution is in place, Voynov believes that “the threat of data leak becomes virtually non-existent under these circumstances.”
Some services are now using LeaksID. This includes Google Drive, which applies to all file types using direct links and shortcuts. Other services are also set on incorporating this tech including G-Suite, Box, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive.