Digital Guardian Updates Data Protection Platform

Digital Guardian enables control and protection for data over its life cycle, including a content server with out-of-the-box rules and policies.

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Digital Guardian announced the launch of Digital Guardian 7.0, which extends the functionality of its Digital Guardian Agent platform.

The latest version includes a redesign of the product architecture for easier deployment for use cases ranging from data visibility and device control to indicator of compromise (IOC) detection and incident response.

Digital Guardian enables visibility, control and protection for data over its lifecycle, with the current release also including a new content server with out-of-the-box rules and policies.

"The genesis behind DG 7.0 was expanding the use cases and functionalities of the Digital Guardian agent—from a focus on data loss prevention or protection against insider threats to a protect from threats regardless of source," Mark Stevens, vice president of global services and support at Digital Guardian, told eWEEK. He noted every company is dealing with advanced threats now, and there are two kinds of companies--those that know they’ve been breached and those that have been breached but just don’t know it.

"We’ve always been about protecting threats to data and as the threats to companies’ data have changed—we’ve moved in that direction," Stevens said. "We firmly believe that while breaches may be inevitable, sensitive data loss is not."

System coverage includes agents for Windows, Linux, Mac and Virtual environments, and deployment options allow businesses to host and manage on premise or choose the Managed Security Program (MSP) or Hybrid Managed Security Program options.

"Simply put, the organizations that are the best options for the MSP or Hybrid MSP are those that do not have the IT or security resources, nor the expertise to deploy and manage a data protection program," Stevens said. "Additionally they may be security budget constrained so a subscription- based managed service is preferable to capital expenditure to procure the hardware and storage required to accommodate an on premise solution. We’re seeing companies from across verticals adopt this option but they tend to be the small to medium enterprises."

The redesigned product architecture includes Digital Guardian for Visibility and Control, which enables users to understand where an organization’s sensitive data is and how it’s being used with kernel-level data visibility, while also delivering device control and encryption.

Digital Guardian for Data Loss Prevention (DLP) adds deeper data visibility and fine-grained control and protection to stop insider threats, and includes advanced classification by context, content and user with email and file control and encryption.

"Understanding the ever-changing and hectic landscape within the IT team drove Digital Guardian to develop a managed security program – where the IT team can have their cake and eat it too, a best-in-class data protection platform implemented and managed by our in-house experts," Stevens said. "We’re increasingly seeing companies having IT budgets for data protection platforms, but not having the staff resources to dedicate to it."

Digital Guardian for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) provides real-time threat protection by following the attack sequence from initial contact through a myriad of attack stages, while offering flexible controls to defend in a manner commensurate to the customer’s risk tolerance.

It also enhances the existing security ecosystem with integrations to maximize investments in network solutions, like FireEye, and SIEM technologies, such as Splunk, the company said.