It seems every IT function can now be offered on-demand. Verdasys is launching its enterprise data leak protection system, Digital Guardian, as a managed security service.
Verdasys is moving its data leak
prevention portfolio to the cloud to help enterprises protect their data stored
on its networks and still reduce costs.
The company introduced two new
offerings-Verdasys Managed Service for Information Protection (MISP) and
Verdasys Information Protection as a Service (IPaaS)-that offer data protection
as a managed service, Verdasys said Jan. 26. MISP and IPaaS would help
enterprises reduce the cost of data security, the company said.
MISP is a fully managed enterprise
information protection offering hosted in Verdasys facilities and supported and
maintained by Verdasys experts. IPaaS allows end users to deploy and manage
their own enterprise data policies without additional setup or infrastructure
costs, the company said.
MISP and IPaaS will help enterprises
"cost-effectively manage the biggest risks to their critical data,"
said Jim Ricotta, CEO of Verdasys.
Verdasys built its managed service
around a hosted version of its flagship Digital Guardian DLP software. Digital
Guardian protects intellectual property, trade secrets and privacy data with
its layered, contextual risk insight and data-centric policy enforcement, the
company said. The software relies on tamper-resistant agents to tag and
classify information within the enterprise and transfer all data forensics back
to the server via an encrypted communications channel. Digital Guardian
provides updated analytics, alerts and reports.
None of the customer data ever leaves
the customer environment to be stored on the Verdasys servers, the company
Administrators can continuously monitor
data, application and system access and usage, whether end users are online,
offline or in virtual environments. With MISP and IPaaS, organizations will be
able to apply specific risk-based policy controls to adhere to data governance
and compliance rules.
Customers signing up for MISP or IPaaS
are given access to Digital Guardian management servers hosted within Verdasys
facilities. MISP customers leave the task of administrating the DLP servers to
the Verdasys team. For IPaaS customers, the administration tasks falls on to
the company's internal security team.
Verdasys began offering DLP as a
managed service because one of its customers, a large insurance company, requested
Verdasys to take over the job of monitoring and protecting the data. Verdasys
research found that 30 percent of its enterprise customers would prefer having
a managed services option across many of its IT functions, Ricotta said. While
the preference was driven mainly by a lack of IT staff, organizations were also
concerned about not having the security expertise to manage data in-house.
There is "tremendous
potential" for a managed services model that could help customers
implement advanced data protections, according to Ricotta.
The four-year development and
evaluation program for the DLP has been "so successful" that Verdasys
is opening up the on-demand DLP offering to other customers, Ricotta said. MISP
will be available to organizations at $19 a month for every endpoint being
protected. IPaaS will be offered at $12 a month per endpoint.
With the hosted version of Digital
Guardian, organizations are able to simplify and speed up enterprise DLP
implementations that cost significantly less than other types of on-premises
offerings that are "less functional" and require hefty investments in
hardware, software and IT staff, the company said.