Let’s face it: Cyber-security challenges are getting worse today, not better. For example, recent research shows that the number of data breaches rose in 2016 to a total of 1,093 (up from 781 in 2015), and that the percentage of U.S. adults that suffered some kind of security incident in 2016 now stands at 51 percent.
The number of attacks are on the rise, hackers and adversaries are growing more sophisticated – and bold – and most organizations simply don’t have the headcount, budget or other resources to stay ahead.
The OCR advantage in preventing data loss and improving security
Clearly, all organizations need to do all they can to improve security, yet beyond traditional tools and approaches, what can they do to truly get better?
One answer is to use innovative approaches, such as optical character recognition (OCR) technology. Here, the opportunity is to add OCR technology to existing software applications – using an OCR software development kit (SDK) – to add powerful document capture, conversion, processing and classification capabilities.
When it comes to improving security, OCR technology can be a significant advantage in helping improve any organization’s data loss prevention (DLP) efforts. OCR technology can recognize, convert and extract any information, an important step in giving the organization much more visibility into all of its content and control over how it’s used.
OCR starts by converting all content, even information residing in images, forms or other non-text formats, which helps the company become contextually aware of all of its content and data. The organization can then create specific business rules to make sure documents are added to the most appropriate workflows or restrict them from others. For example, a bank can set up rules that search for terms such as “confidential,” and then make sure any documents with similar terms are not emailed or distributed.
OCR technology in real life
One company recently implemented OCR technology to provide exactly these capabilities to its customer base.
GTB Technologies is a leading software provider of DLP solutions that monitor outbound transmissions to the internet, whether by cloud, email or other methods. GTB realized that the data transmissions it monitored could contain an image file carrying sensitive information, which its own solutions were unable to detect. To enhance its services, GTB needed to find a way for its software to process these images.
GTB deployed Nuance’s OmniPage Capture SDK to be able to integrate OCR technology into its own software and bolster its DLP capabilities. GTB’s software now identifies images within streaming network traffic and uses OCR technology to inspect image files. If the image contains proprietary or sensitive information, the software prevents it from being transmitted.
GTB achieved other benefits, too, including getting its product to market faster, shortening its sales cycles and eliminating the need to hire additional developers for reduced costs. In short, this OCR SDK was able to boost the profile – and the profits of GTB.
To learn more about how OCR technology helped GTB gain these benefits – and how you can, too – download the full success story now.
 DMR, “100 Frightening Cyber Security Statistics and Facts,” February 2017.