Finding the correct data loss prevention tool means finding one which strikes the perfect balance between speed, data blocking, and coverage across a range of protocols and rule-sets.
There are three types of DLP products:
- Perimeter based
- Client based
That being said, here are 5 DLP software programs which are sensational at what they do:
- Fidelis XPS
- Content Inspector
- GTB Inspector
- McAfee Total Protection for Data Loss Prevention
All of these products did a terrific job of detecting any harmful files which were sent using specific protocols that they supported. But not all of them supported too many different protocols. Some products weren’t as impressive at blocking the harmful files as they were at detecting them. The products aren’t too awesome when it comes to blocking or analyzing encrypted traffic. Whichever product you choose to go with, you will need to be ready to deal with the network performance hit which accompanies it.
The Content Inspector is the best among these tools when it comes to detection. The configuration of the software was easy. But it didn’t have a wide range of protocols to be blocked. This is why Fidelis XPS should be your best bet here. It has a very easy to understand the interface, amazing reporting, a flexible set of rules, and amazing detection and blocking capabilities. This tool can really make your life easy. The other software was unrefined when compared with others and required a little more work in order to understand their overall process. But they are still very competitive when it comes to the detection of harmful files and malware.
DLP vendors usually deploy engineers to your site in order to set up and configure these devices. But even if you decide on trying to do it yourself, it isn’t so complicated that you will not be able to accomplish it yourself. For McAfee, Packetsure, and Content Inspector, the installation is pretty straightforward and the setup is very easy to go follow. For the remaining couple of products, the basic installation is a little difficult and requires various contacts through both the phone and the e-mail. But they can all be easily set up without the need of a technician to visit the site. This also saves you visiting charges in some cases.
After the product is set up and data is passing through, the device can be configured to suit filtering specifications. You can even create sample rule sets which can test the blocking potential and features of each of these products. This is helpful if you are unsure of how to begin testing.
The DLP’s can also be set up in a way that they look for credit card or social security numbers, various pieces of source codes, particular words, and so forth. All of this can be used to prevent any parts of a report from ever leaving the secured network of an organization.
Rules can be set up to check .mp3 files or other formats and / or maximum file sizes. Data sets can be fingerprinted with customer names, social security numbers, and addresses and rules can be set up to block any combination of these three.
With so much to do, there’s no wonder why these different software platforms are in so much demand. So what are you waiting for? Choose one today.