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There are many factors to consider when looking into a DLP solution. Ultimately the goal here is to avoid losing confidential information. The problem is data is everywhere. It is kept on our servers, computers, laptops, mobile devices, removable devices and so on. The truth is a technical solution is not the be all, end all because a user can just write out on a piece of paper what they see on the screen. However it does go a long way to controlling and securing our information.

For a full blown solution DLP vendors should cover three main areas that are data at rest or storage (on file servers and database servers, etc), data in motion (data traveling across the network) and data on the endpoints or in use (data on laptops and desktops).

A DLP solution should have the ability to discover content and not just on Windows servers and clients, but other OS's and be able to read data from complex applications such as databases. It should be able to classify content when in use at rest or in motion and have built in advanced content matching and data detection techniques such as structured data finger printing and watermark recognition. A DLP solution should be tightly integrated with e-mail and web gateway products so that it may be able to stop sensitive data over those channels as well, and be able to encrypt data depending on company policy via a rule set. There are many other factors to take into consideration, these are a few to get you thinking.

Many companies do not invest in full blown DLP and some implement DLP in small steps. For example implementing device control first so that users can not copy sensitive data to removable storage devices and then look at other parts to DLP. However as the law is taking firm actions against companies that do not demonstrate due care and diligence to protecting data many companies have to take DLP seriously depending on the nature of their business.




DLP Solutions Vendor List







Blue Coat are known for their WAN acceleration solutions and also provide web security products. Blue Coat's DLP is a network based DLP solution for web and e-mail only.


Celestix who are a security vendor provide a DLP solution where organisations can share sensitive information with users inside or outside the network. Secure Data Exchange provides Information Rights Management, Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) and Managed File Transfer.


Computer Associates (CA) is a vendor providing IT management and security solutions. CA’s DLP product is able to integrate with its IAM and SIEM solutions. The solution can apply DLP on endpoints, email servers, network, databases and in file repositories


Code Green Networks is a dedicated DLP vendor who positions themselves with a powerful solution that is cost effective and easy to deploy.


DeviceLock Endpoint Security Suite is an enterprise class endpoint device control solution. DeviceLock can also be used on mobile devices such as Windows Mobile, iPhone OS or Palm OS.


Fidelis Security Systems is a dedicated DLP vendor. Fidelis XPS (Extrusion Prevention System) is their flagship DLP solution.


GTB Technologies is a dedicated DLP vendor. GTB have a software development kit enabling OEM’s and software vendors to integrate GTB’s content inspection engine with their own solutions.


Lumension who specialise in endpoint security and managing risks have a product known as Lumension Device Control that is able to control which removable devices can connect to your endpoints and can define data control rules so you are able to control data leakage.


Mcafee who are a security focussed vendor have a full blown DLP solution that integrates with their gateway products and EPO central management system.


Nogacom is a data protection and governance vendor. Nogacom's NogaLogic Solution provides complete visibility to unstructured data.


Overtis Group deliver a solution that can see, alert and report on sensitive data within an organisation.


Palisade Systems is a specialist DLP vendor with a solution known as PacketSure. PacketSure is positioned more towards small and medium sized businesses and can be installed and deployed using various options.


PixAlert deliver solutions to protect against losing of sensitive data. PixAlert also provide solutions such as monitoring of images being displayed on corporate systems and other data leakage protection solutions.


RSA is a reputable security vendor known for their leading 2 factor authentication solution SecureID and also offer other products and services. RSA provide a strong DLP solution that is available in 3 modules known as RSA DLP DataCenter, RSA DLP Network and RSA DLP Endpoint.


Safend provide comprehensive data leakage and protection on the endpoint.


SecureTower looks for sensitive data from channels such as email, web and applications such as Oracle and SQL, external devices such as USB devices and printers and even SSL traffic. Notifications can be sent whenever sensitive data has been detected and daily reports can be generated.


Sentrybay who specialise in security offer a data loss solution through their Enterprise Data Protection Suite.


Sophos is a security vendor with some DLP capabilities built into their central endpoint protection known as data control and device control.


Symantec is a large security and storage vendor well known for their Norton anti-virus software. Symantec offer a complete and granular DLP solution.


Titus is a security vendor with a focus on email, Sharepoint and document based DLP capabilities.


Trend Micro is a security vendor with a range of security solutions including a DLP product offering.


Verdasys is a security vendor dedicated to data protection and offer a DLP solution known as Digital Guardian.


Trustwave is a vendor specialising in data protection and PCI compliance and have a dedicated DLP solution strengthened by acquiring a DLP vendor known as Vericept.


Websense is a leader in Web security. Websense also provide e-mail and data security. Their DLP solution can be integrated with the web and e-mail solutions all managed from their central management Triton console. Websense DLP is a full blown solution.