WHITEPAPER – Data Leakage Prevention (DLP)

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The data breach has been one of the biggest fears that organizations face today. While DLP is not a panacea to such attacks, it should certainly be in the arsenal of tools to defend against such risks. The term DLP, which stands for Data Loss Prevention, first hit the market in 2006 and gained some popularity in early part of 2007. DLP is not a plug-and-play solution. The successful implementation of this technology requires significant preparation and diligent ongoing maintenance.  While a great deal of attention has been given to protecting companies' electronic assets from outside threats – from intrusion prevention systems to firewalls to vulnerability management – organizations must now turn their attention to an equally dangerous situation: the problem of data loss from the inside. There is a gaping hole in many Organizations which is the ubiquitous way businesses and individuals communicate with each other–over the Internet.

Given today's strict regulatory and ultra-competitive environment, data loss prevention (DLP) is one of the most critical issues facing CIOs, CSOs and CISOs. For those creating and implementing a DLP strategy, the task can seem daunting. Fortunately, effective technical solutions are available. This paper presents best practices that organizations can leverage as they seek solutions for preventing leaks, enforcing compliance, and protecting the company's brand value and reputation. 

What is DLP?

Data loss prevention (DLP) is a solution for identifying, monitoring and protecting sensitive data or information in an organization according to policies. Organizations can have varied policies, but typically they tend to focus on preventing sensitive data from leaking out of the organization and identifying people or places that should not have access to certain data or information.

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