Content has two primary vulnerabilities: It’s usually sensitive in nature and therefore highly regulated by data privacy laws, and it’s highly susceptible to malware. Both vulnerabilities pose significant risks. When combined, they can prove catastrophic to an enterprise.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Kiteworks and Forcepoint have partnered to develop an industry-first joint solution that applies zero trust principles to the content layer, ensuring the highest degree of compliance and protection against unauthorized access like malware attacks. The solution integrates the Kiteworks Private Content Network (PCN) and Forcepoint Zero Trust Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) to centrally define, enforce, and prove adherence to security and compliance policies.

The Kiteworks PCN consolidates sensitive content communication channels like email, file sharing, managed file transfer (MFT), and others, allowing businesses to centrally control, protect, track, and report all files moving into and out of the organization. Kiteworks enables organizations to control access to sensitive content, encrypt it whenever it’s shared, and demonstrate regulatory compliance with data privacy laws and standards like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), International Organization of Standards (ISO) 27001, National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and many more.

Forcepoint Zero Trust CDR extends the zero trust “trust-no-one” philosophy beyond the user and system levels, down to the content level, so that unstructured data is assumed to be malicious. Ultimately, it monitors what’s under the hood for every asset to deliver an extra always-on layer of protection from what might be hiding within. What does that mean exactly?

It extracts valid business information from inbound files, verifies this information against correct structures for the file type, and then builds new, fully functional files that carry clean content to the destination. With the Kiteworks PCN, all incoming content is routed through Forcepoint CDR.

Together, the Kiteworks Private Content Network and Forcepoint Zero Trust CDR and DLP help organizations efficiently and effectively manage their sensitive content communications risk, mitigating the risk of unauthorized or malicious access while ensuring regulatory compliance through unified policy controls, tracking, and reporting.