DLP Technologies Open Golden Opportunities

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2009-04-17 Print this article Print

An analysis by the Association Press found that more than 800 million data records were exposed or compromised in 2008. The data loss prevention opportunities are growing and the market for this technology is expected to top $2 billion by 2012. Resellers of data loss prevention (DLP) are finding a golden opportunity, but digging for that gold is not without some risks.

Few security technologies have become as contrived and misunderstood as DLP, which can affect all aspects of the data processing end of a business. It all comes down to protecting data and preventing data from falling into the wrong hands-both intentionally or unintentionally. Yet, the complexity of today's solutions can leave items unprotected and solution providers liable if something goes amiss.

A complete DLP solution has multiple components, including protection for DIM (data in motion), DAR (data at rest), and data housed on end points. DIM, mostly email and attachments, proves to be the source for most company DLP violations. The problem is exacerbated by innocent mistakes, such as misaddressed email, improper file attachments or sending confidential information to a home office to work on over a weekend. Those examples show that the road to hell is indeed paved by good intentions.

DAR can be found in many places, ranging from server drives, to optical storage to SAN or NAS technologies. Further complicating protecting DAR is that the data is not static, and users must have access to the data to perform their duties. The trick here is to protect the data and not encumber the user with strict policies, which can result in incomplete data and a high number of false positives (incorrectly flagged as violations). DAR leaks can occur through other channels, ranging from lost or stolen backup tapes to improper FTP or VPN access.

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Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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