InfoWatch Shares The Power of Language in Data Leakage Prevention Technology

Ms Ekaterina Pshehotskaya, the Techonology Development Director from InfoWatch (left) with Ms Tamara Sokolova, a linguist with InfoWatch speaking to the media at the conference.
Ms Ekaterina Pshehotskaya, the Techonology Development Director from InfoWatch (left) with Ms Tamara Sokolova, a linguist with InfoWatch speaking to the media at the conference.

InfoWatch, a global market leader in Data Leakage Prevention solutions, has begun an ambitious global recruitment drive for new talent in various fields that was kicked off in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the International Conference on Cyber-Crime Investigation and Cyber Security 2014 (ICCICS2014).



Technical specialists from InfoWatch were among the keynote speakers at the ICCICS2014 conference, sharing on challenges and future directions of Data Leakage Prevention technologies, including their breakthrough research on multilevel traffic classification and analysis.

Data leakage has the potential to cost the private and public sector significant losses in terms of money, reputation damage, and possibly expose sensitive information such as financial information such as bank account and credit card numbers as well as usernames and passwords. However, many organisations still have not grasped the risks involved or the means to effectively protect the confidential data in their systems.

The emergence of data leakage prevention solutions such as InfoWatch and the global movement to protect personal data including the collection, use, disclosure and care of personal data loss prevention market is a step in the right direction. In Malaysia, the Personal Data Protection Act (2010) came into force with the objective of protecting the personal data of individuals in respect to commercial transactions last year.

The growing demand for specialist talent in this the field of data leakage prevention prompted InfoWatch to launch a different take on talent identification and recruitment.

Participants listen attentively as Ms Ekaterina presents her thoughts on being a linguist in a DLP industry.
Participants listen attentively as Ms Ekaterina presents her thoughts on being a linguist in a DLP industry.


The company held a workshop on ‘What I Really Do As Linguist in Data Leakage Prevention (DLP)’ by InfoWatch linguists Dr Ekaterina Pshehotskaya and Tamara Sokolova that introduced linguistics students to the exciting world of cyber-crime busting and cyber-forensic that relies heavily on understanding and leveraging the rules of language to spot unusual behaviours.

According to InfoWatch Technology Development Director, Dr Ekaterina Pshehotskaya linguistics is at the core of InfoWatch’s DLP solution, and the need for linguists from various cultures with an understanding of different native languages is growing.

“We can see that there’s a global increase of data leaks in every field of business. While the picture we get from popular culture is of people hacking into systems, quite often data is leaked through social engineering, through insiders and even through physical transfer of data. From our own research we found that for the first half of 2014, employees were responsible for 71% of leaks!”

“Data leakage prevention analyses data traffic and even the behaviors of users to find unusual occurrences. We then zero in on these and delve further to track the leakage to its source. While we are not on-site when the criminals are apprehended, it is still a surprisingly exciting field and deeply satisfying because we are making a difference when it comes to cyber-crime,” Dr Pshehotskaya said.

She emphasized that for students of linguistics who are up for the challenge of a different career path working in technology and specifically data leakage prevention technology companies such as InfoWatch would be an option to consider.

“This is why we at InfoWatch want to find future linguists with the interest, passion, skills and cultural background to harness the power of language to prevent cyber-crime,” she said in closing.

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