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DLP Rolling Review: Safend Safeguards At The Endpoint

Rolling Review
Data Loss Prevention
Data-Loss Prevention Rolling Review Kick-Off

Vendors offer more options for protecting data throughout its travels. We'll put their claims to the test.

Reviewed so far:

DLP Rolling Review: RSA Takes Classification Up A Notch
The RSA Data Loss Prevention Suite sports a stellar user interface and an uncanny ability to sniff out sensitive data wherever it resides.

DLP Rolling Review: Safend Safeguards At The Endpoint
Safend estimates that 60% of corporate data resides on endpoints, and that's where Safend Protector Endpoint aims its DLP resources.

DLP Rolling Review: Code Green's DLP Appliance
The CI 1500 performed well in many areas and not so well in others.

DLP Rolling Review: Symantec's DLP-9
We tip our hats toSymantec for bringing to market almost everything we look for in a comprehensive data loss prevention suite via its DLP-9, formerly from Vontu.

DLP Rolling Review: TrendMicro Leakproof
Trend seems to have fully integrated Provilla's DLP technology into its core offerings.

DLP Rolling Review: Sophos Endpoint Security
Sophos has made strategic acquisitions in an attempt to round out its range of endpoint security capabilities.

DLP Rolling Review Wrap-Up
We've got interesting results and observations that will help you decide if DLP fits your risk management strategy, and if so, which vendors you should be talking to.

We start our Rolling Review of data loss prevention products with Safend Protector Endpoint, the lone entry in our DLP mix whose primary emphasis is endpoint security. The other players have strong DLP capabilities at both the network level and the endpoint, but we wanted to include a company that operates exclusively in the endpoint market because not all IT shops want, or can afford, a soup-to-nuts system from the likes of RSA, Websense, or Symantec.

Regardless of how large or complex your organization is, battling data loss threats must start with an emphasis on the endpoint. Safend estimates that 60% of corporate data resides on endpoints, and that's where Safend Protector Endpoint aims its DLP resources.

We test endpoint security systems on many challenges, including how easy each product is to deploy and manage; how well it alerts, reports, and mitigates policy violations; and how robust its protection mechanisms are from a physical, file, and application standpoint. Safend Protector delivers on most accounts, but not all.

We appreciate the ease and speed with which we deployed the Protector Management Server. Companies can deploy the central policy server via any Microsoft Windows 2003 server, but Safend recommends more robust server back-ending to an external SQL database for more than 1,000 users.

The Protector client and policy definitions can be deployed via login script or any software-distribution mechanism, and policy updates between client and server can be scheduled via Windows management interface. Tight integration with Active Directory allowed us to easily deploy multiple policy definitions to different user communities based on Organization Unit membership. Even better, Protector Management Server is free with the purchase of client licenses.
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