Verdasys MSP Hosted Service Brings Data Loss Prevention to the Cloud

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2013-01-18 Print this article Print

Digital Guardian Host Agents are available for several different platforms, giving full forensic details on where data resides, who accesses it and how it is transacted. The Digital Guardian Host Agents are the cornerstone of the MSIP service and are responsible for everything, from forensic analysis to policy enforcement and data encryption.

One of the primary strengths of MSIP is comprehensive reporting, MSIP customers can access their real-time risk intelligence through a configurable reporting dashboard where they can filter and drill into reports by policy rule, file name, type, data sensitivity, user, alert and event. All MSIP reports and alerts are "live" and built on encrypted event metadata continuously captured by agents and automatically uploaded to Verdasys' secured hosting facilities for analysis.

Digital Guardian metadata are sound enough to serve as evidence in a legal action, and able to recreate any chain of events in complete context with forensic accuracy without requiring any actual sensitive content to be recorded, stored or transmitted.

That customizability makes MSIP a very powerful tool for forensics purposes, as well as compliance auditing. Not only can MSIP enforce compliance, it can also report on it and remediate problems, as well.

As a managed service, MSIP's real-world advantages include the following:

• No hardware, software or dedicated staff is required.

• It has rapid deployment and time-to-value.

• It has minimal operational impact.

• It is a subscription-based service (OPEX).

Those advantages, combined with the data-governance capabilities, policy-based enforcement and extensive forensics capabilities make MSIP a must for enterprises that are struggling with DLP and compliance issues.

Securing data and data-loss prevention can be complex endeavors. MSIP attempts to reduce the complexity of those chores by offering extensive support. Verdasys' own experts are on hand to manage, monitor, deploy and support MSIP, taking much of the burden away from customer IT departments.

Of course, those services come at a price and are bundled in with the overall cost of the service. The cost varies greatly and is based on the number of systems protected and several other factors. To determine cost, you will have to contact Verdasys and work through the details. While Verdasys' technicians take on the arduous chores of DLP and Data Governance, there is still plenty for in-house IT to do. But the hope is their focus will be on high-value activities related to defining and expanding the data protection program across the company instead of on the technology deployment and operational success.


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