The company's Web-based ComplianceSafe data loss prevention (DLP) solution is aimed at cost-conscious businesses that might lack an IT department.
Data loss prevention solutions specialist Palisade Systems
announced the launch of ComplianceSafe, the company's first DLP product
optimized for small businesses. ComplianceSafe runs as a service, like
Facebook or Web mail, and is designed to protect small businesses
against inadvertent disclosure of private or sensitive data that can
occur through outbound e-mail data leaks.
"Smaller businesses are equally prone to the inadvertent and costly
disclosure of private or sensitive data but, compared to larger
companies, they are often ill-equipped to deploy and operate a complex
DLP solution," said Peter Christy, principal with Internet Research
Group. "Palisade's SAAS offering is designed so that customer expertise
requirements are minimal, and, therefore, makes valuable DLP
capabilities available to a much larger market."
ComplianceSafe controls the flow of confidential information in
outbound email messages: The service monitors data leaving the premises
via email and regulates information flowing outward such as: Social
Security numbers, credit card numbers, Patient Health Information
(PHI), financial information, proprietary business knowledge, and other
data that should be kept confidential.
"There was an entire market segment locked out of data loss prevention
services because of price and a complex implementation process favored
enterprise organizations with IT departments," said Christian Renaud,
CEO of Palisade Systems. "ComplianceSafe breaks through these barriers
and delivers a SaaS solution that makes meeting regulatory requirements
as easy as managing a Facebook account."
Renaud said data leaks are serious problems for SMBs (small to medium-size
businesses), especially in financial services, retail and
health care. He noted small businesses are governed by the same federal
and state regulations and business rules as large enterprises including
the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act),
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), state privacy laws in California,
Massachusetts, and elsewhere, as well as the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data
Palisade's other DLP product, PacketSure helps organizations
proactively secure sensitive and proprietary intellectual property from
leaving data networks, defines and enforces access to internal network
resources, and enforces compliance with federal privacy and industry
security regulations such as HIPAA and GLBA.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.