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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Swiss Red Cross Protects Critical Confidential Data with Imprivata OneSign
OneSign Improves Password Management and Simplifies Regulatory Compliance Process at Relief Organization

Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings. The survey just started--great if you can help get this off the ground by contributing your own policies

Survey of Retention Policies -- See the retention policies for various organizations here. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

Titus Labs and Liquid Machines Integrate Solutions to Improve Data Security, Compliance for Government and Private Sector Customers
Customers benefit from the automatic application of persistent information protection and control based on document classifications

nCipher to provide encryption key management for Oracle Database 11g  

Messaging & Collaboration

U3 Smart AntiVirus Data Protection
Security specialists DriveSentry announce U3 support for the popular standalone GoAnywhere antivirus product

LETA, Leading Russian Security Vendor, Integrates Mailshell For Spam And Phishing Protection  

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Testing DLP Policies in Competitive Bake-offs

When companies do competitive bake-offs, they generally apply simple tests. For example, they look for credit card numbers, a customer account number, or keywords.

These tests are not a good indication of how well a product will do in practice, because many policies will end up having to be far more complex.

Here's our suggestion:

  • Ask a variety of vendors what they think your top five most important DLP policies will be. At this point, you're just looking for explanation in ordinary language. For example, "Anything to do with our upcoming IPO can only be viewed by such-and-such people," or "Communications with the media can only be sent from such-and-such departments."
  • Draw up a list of the various policy proposals and put them in order of what you think are the most important.
  • Take the 10 most important and implement them.
  • Run a day's or a week's worth of material against the policies, such as from an email or instant messaging archive, or from a fileshare. Check that you're catching as much offending material as possible, while getting as few false positives as possible.

... David Ferris



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