- Published: February 2010
Data Leakage Prevention must Evolve to an Enabler of Collaborative Business Processes
- Published: April 2009
- 13 pages
In 2007 Longhaus predicted that the adoption of data leakage prevention (DLP) by Australian organisations would increase during 2008 driven by remote access to internal web-based applications and forthcoming local data disclosure legislationi. While the latter has still not eventuatedii, Longhaus believe the risk of data disclosure remains an area of serious exposure for many local firms. To verify this position Longhaus undertook an assessment of the adoption of data leakage prevention technology in the Australian market. This included a series of briefings with security vendors CA, Symantec, Websense and ClearSwfitiii combined with analysis of the results of both the 2008 and 2009 ICT Spending and Priorities Studiesiv in relation to adoption of DLP solutions.
Data leakage prevention (DLP) has been heavily marketed as analogous to intrusion protection and a key element of any organisation’s threat response management environment. In spite of international regulation, continued vendor surveys demonstrating the risk of data breaches, and close media scrutiny of public and private organisational data handling, adoption of DLP solutions remains poor. In February 2009, Longhaus surveyed 110 senior business decision makers from Australia’s medium to large enterprises and found that only 34% had implemented any form of DLP. Today there is little doubt that increasing interest in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing will erode the traditional barrier or perimeter of the enterprise. This will put further pressure on organisations to address data-level access control. However, through briefings with key security vendors including CA, Symantec, Websense and ClearSwift, Longhaus conclude that continued association of DLP with perimeter-oriented protection and security strategies undermines the real value of these solutions. When used pro-actively to monitor movement of data, DLP solutions can provide the means to discover and document the key relationship between business process and data within the organisation. Such information is invaluable when determining areas for process improvement and increased efficiency beyond mere compliance. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
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