April 8, 2024

Data Security Everywhere: Real-Time Risk Response Through Policy Automation

Part #4 in our Data Security Everywhere Blog Series
Kevin Oliveira

For CISOs and other security professionals, securing an organization’s critical data is vital. Using data policy controls to protect regulated data, confidential information and other critical files is an important component of a robust cybersecurity strategy – but it doesn’t go far enough. To truly ensure that data is secure, your organization needs to understand who is accessing critical data and what they are doing with it.

Automate Data Security Based on Risky Behavior

Risk-Adaptive Protection – Automation built around Zero Trust

Building on the foundation of Forcepoint DLP, Risk-Adaptive Protection employs advanced behavioral analysis to identify risky user behavior and adjust data policies to match potential  risks. Monitoring and remediation occur automatically, in real time – meaning that risks to data integrity are dealt with rapidly and efficiently. This dynamic defense is designed to identify insider risk and other hard-to-spot data security risks without overloading security teams or placing excessive limitations on low-risk users.

Forcepoint Risk-Adaptive Protection console


A cloud-native solution, Risk-Adaptive Protection works by continuously assessing how users interact with data and assigning them individual risk scores. These scores are used to apply the appropriate responsive action based on the level of user risk when potential data loss is taking place. For instance, a user who simply demonstrates poor judgment may receive automated coaching or be flagged for auditing, while higher-risk users can trigger defensive measures such as encrypting data or even blocking user access.

Risk-Adaptive Protection user risk level


This risk-based system dramatically reduces false positives to avoid interference with employee productivity and reduce security admin fatigue, saving time and cutting operating costs across the entire organization. It also enables security teams to rapidly initiate remediation procedures and provides admins with the information they need to take further action as necessary. The constant monitoring and reconstruction of user intent means a low-risk user who suddenly begins to exhibit risky behavior can be quickly identified and prevented from causing a costly data breach.


This video provides a helpful overview of how Forcepoint Risk-Adaptive Protection works:

Benefits of tailoring a DLP response based on risky behavior

Forcepoint Risk-Adaptive Protection constitutes part of a successful Data Security Everywhere approach and helps to simplify security. Organizations that use it can:

  • Increase productivity by eliminating security friction that impedes the flow of business
  • Cut costs by simplifying incident management and eliminating false positives that waste valuable employee time
  • Reduce risk by automating enforcement to progressively adapt based on the risk each user presents
  • Streamline compliance with privacy regulations through more accurate policy enforcement


Watch for more information soon about new offerings from Forcepoint in the SaaS area where Risk-Adaptive Protection brings even tighter integration with cloud-native DLP, improving incident alert management and supercharging Forcepoint data security.

And before we get to that, stay tuned for the final entry in our Data Security Everywhere blog series, covering AI-powered data discovery and classification.

Kevin Oliveira

Kevin serves as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Forcepoint’s Data Security products and solutions.  He has over 20 years experience helping enterprises with their data and security initiatives with leadership positions at Dell EMC and IBM. 

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Forcepoint is the leading user and data protection cybersecurity company, entrusted to safeguard organizations while driving digital transformation and growth. Our solutions adapt in real-time to how people interact with data, providing secure access while enabling employees to create value.