Data Loss Prevention: What You Need to Know

By Jim Johnson

Google’s recent announcement about its new Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities – developed to help companies protect confidential information sent via its email application, Gmail – sheds new light on the options that organizations have when establishing security requirements over corporate data. But what exactly is DLP? And what do companies need to know about this technology?

According to Webopedia, DLP “refers to technology or software developed to protect and prevent the potential for data loss or theft. Data loss protection software is designed to monitor, detect and prevent the loss of data while it’s at rest, either in on-premises storage drives or in the cloud, as well as when it’s in use or in transit.” Data loss prevention also is sometimes referred to as: data leak prevention, information loss prevention or extrusion prevention.

In the case of the Gmail for Work DLP feature and other similar products from companies like Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec, administrators can set policies about the type of information that employees can send via email so that confidential data is not accidentally leaked. For example, a company could ensure that an email with a certain type of file, such as an Excel spreadsheet, would not be allowed to be forwarded outside of the corporate domain or saved to a cloud storage service like Dropbox.

For CIOs and IT professionals concerned about keeping sensitive company information safe, especially among the many mobile devices in use across an organization, implementing a DLP strategy offers an extra layer of protection against insider threats, both inadvertent and maliciously intended. Coupled with a robust mobile governance policy and a mobile device management plan, companies can better monitor and control the type of data that can be shared outside of the organization.

If you have questions about your enterprise mobility strategy, including security measures you should take, then the experts at Mobile Solutions can help.  We have experience establishing flexible, yet rigorous mobile management strategies for companies of all sizes, particularly when it comes to tracking the expenses associated with a company’s mobile devices. Contact us to find out how you can gain control over your wireless assets today.