This use case takes a look at the potential damage that can be caused by data leakage, the unauthorized transmission of data from within an organization to an external destination or recipient.
Data leakage includes several possible scenarios:
Data leakage can lead to direct costs (a fine, and the legal and brand-related costs of recovery) and indirect costs (the potential loss of customers and brand equity).
- A hacker who penetrated into the organization is exfiltrating data through a compromise or breach.
- An employee leaked sensitive information.
- There was a human error in the configuration of security appliances and products.
- The data was already exposed and it is being sold or offered online via darknet forums.