Don’t Buy DLP Before You Read This

In our previous blog post, we spoke about why data loss prevention (DLP) strategies are being brought back to the forefront and some of the challenges that security professionals face when undertaking these large scale projects. One of the issues we often see customers face is that they enter DLP projects without a clear understanding of their business needs and the current state of their DLP controls.

Without a comprehensive audit of the state of your DLP strategy and technologies, you are setting your project up for failure. For this reason, InfoTrust has created a framework that helps to provide assurance to business senior management and stakeholders by assessing the coverage of current data loss prevention (DLP) controls, identifying areas that need improvement and where technology augmentations may be needed.

  1. Conduct interviews/review with key members of staff – the first step undertaken is to complete interviews with staff who have knowledge of the current DLP controls and how they are being used. Any related documents are also reviewed to help identify the organisation’s specific needs.
  2. Key business requirements – based on this research we are then able to draft the organisation’s key business requirements around DLP and use it to run analysis against the capability framework that we have created.
  3. Analysis against capability statements – InfoTrust analyses the organisation’s current capability posture, the reliance on various DLP capability, and provides an assessment of how well its needs are being met.
  4. Recommendations – based on this analysis InfoTrust is able to provide an evaluation that gives actionable insights and recommendations to raise the company’s current DLP capability and meet its business requirements.

The capability statements that are used to analyse the business’ current DLP standing are derived from a combination of DLP research papers, as well as an in-depth review of various DLP products. InfoTrust has created a list of specific capabilities that typically form part of any DLP program or solution. These are as follows;

  1. Discover and protect confidential data where ever it is stored or used
  2. Monitor all data usage and prevent confidential data from exiting any network gateway or endpoint
  3. Maintain data labeling accuracy
  4. Automate policy enforcement
  5. Visibility and control over encrypted data
  6. Safeguard employee privacy
  7. Ability to scale with organisational changes

The result of this is a clear, insightful audit giving the organisation intel on their current technical capability, the company’s reliance on the capabilities and how successfully the business needs are being met. From this analysis, organisations are able to make informed decisions on the ROI they are receiving from their technologies, where they should be investing their DLP strategy and improvements that need to be made.

If you are interested in finding out more you can view our “Overcoming the Challenges of DLP” webinar.

Or if you would like to have a further discussion with one of our specialists to find out how InfoTrust can help improve your cybersecurity posture contact us today here.

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