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Security: Have you thought about data theft?

Greg passed me over this link and this has been the strongest case that I have been pushing for quite a while. I have spoken about it in my keynote in Belgium (in fact you can see the news coverage here, the organizer sent me over the scanned copy as this was not a digital paper).

Internal breaches and data theft should be your biggest concern in today's world. Yes, I talk about globalization, I've spoken and am a great believer in collaboration but I also understand the danger that comes with it. As mergers and acquisitions happen, as disgruntled employees leak information out to competitors, things can get very ugly.

In my interview we Greg, we also discussed about it briefly and you'll see the link to the video later today on my blog as a separate post.

"The technology works fine if you can establish the right policies to filter and identify potential problem areas, but that's a very hard thing to do," said Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute, a security research firm. "The hope of DLP has always been prevention, and that smart companies would be able to use these tools to quarantine data before leaks, but the reality is that if you ratchet up the prevention too high, it creates a burden for organizations in trying to carry out normal transactions." So he expects most DLP-using companies to have low — or no — thresholds for what is blocked.

Where DLP can help today
Despite their criticisms of how difficult it is to understand the real-world flow of data and to use DLP tools to create enforcement policies that would work in a typical business environment, both ING's Gold and Broadcom's Venner do see a use for DLP technology today: as an analytics said.

"Right now we'd rather use the system to know someone did something after the fact, versus trying to block. It's amazing how different the real world is compared to what you believe it to be," Venner said.

So today, Broadcom is working to apply the DLP platform's business intelligence and data analytics tools to better understand where it can create and enforce controls, and what levels of data risk various business units are willing to stomach.

Read it all here.


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