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Innovations that can prevent image data leakage awarded patents


Data shows that at least 20 per cent of traffic moving among enterprise web and cloud applications today are images which are ripe for data exfiltration. Newly issued patents, announced from the US Patent and Trademark Office, are designed to protect data within image formats including JPG, PNG, and GIF.

These inventions support organisations tackling regulatory compliance needs such as general data protection regulator (GDPR) and general personal data law (LGPD), as well as protect confidential corporate information by enabling granular and contextual data protection policies to be extended to image files.

As organisations shifted toward a remote workstyle, confidential meetings over video conference became a daily occurrence in business. Research by Forbes and Zoom found that 41 per cent of survey respondents have at least ten video conference business meetings per week, these habits look set to continue beyond the global pandemic lockdown.

In these meetings, sensitive and protected data is often displayed in employees’ homes through presentations and screen sharing. Screenshotting such data is seen by many as an easy way to take notes, but it also creates a file that requires careful handling for compliance purposes.

“All of our patents are intended to prepare our customers for a cloud first, secure access server edge (SASE) centric future,” Krishna Narayanswamy, CTO and Co-Founder of Netskope, said.

“Combining next generation secure web gateway (SWG) capabilities, zero trust principles, advanced machine learning to detect unauthorised data exfiltration, and advanced threat protection, all delivered in a cloud based platform atop NewEdge, the world’s largest, most performant, security private clouds. Our teams ensure that the best of our inventions support our customers on their digital transformation journeys, protecting data wherever and however it is accessed.”

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