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By: Rachael Rubin on July 14th, 2020

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The Best Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Software Tools of 2020

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As our technology advances, the need for substantial data loss prevention is growing substantially. Data loss prevention software is used to protect your sensitive data and information from exfiltration.  

When you examine your data usage, who do you suppose accesses it most often? Your employees. Because of this, they also have the most room to leave the door open for data breaches. 

Although unintentional, employee negligence could end up costing you millions. According to SecurityIntellegence.com, the average loss for a company due to a data breach in 2019 was $8.19 million. These breaches are more impactful because of a lack of education and oversight that can be improved by employing a DLP. 

It is easy to believe “this could never happen to me or my company,” but data breaches in the United States are at an all-time high with 164 million records exposed in 2019. If you take nothing else away from this article, believe us when we tell you that having that mindset is dangerous. In reality, anyone who stores personal data of their employees and customers should be employing some type of DLP.

Framework IT has over a decade of experience working with specialty and regulated clients to protect their sensitive data. Our goal with this article is to inform those considering migrating to DLP software with some honest reviews of your options.

We have compiled a list of information about the DLP vendors that we trust most. Depending on your organization’s individual needs, there will be many factors to consider.

 

The Best Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Software Tools of 2020

Microsoft 365

Forcepoint

SolarWinds

SecureTrust 

WatchGuard

 

Microsoft 365

As Framework's personal DLP of choice, you can identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive information across Office 365. 

Notable Solutions:

  • Identify Sensitive Info Across Apps: Identify sensitive information across many locations, such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.

  • Prevent Accidental Sharing: Identify any document containing sensitive information that's shared with people outside your organization, and then automatically block access to that document from being sent.
  • View DLP Reports: To assess how your organization is complying with a DLP policy, you can see how many matches each policy and rule has over time.
A DLP policy can find and protect sensitive information across Microsoft 365 – whether that information is located in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, or Microsoft Teams.  

Forcepoint

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint’s solutions are updated in real-time to view how people interact with data, providing secure accessibility and a piece of mind.

 

Notable Solutions:

  • Web Security: Forcepoint offers complete web protection across your entire ecosystem. When using their web security, Forcepoint boasts a 52% increased efficiency rate against their closest competitor, a 100x reduction in malware incidents, and a 122% return on investment.

  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB): Identify and classify cloud apps to assess risks and pinpoint which services to allow and monitor.

  • Next-Generation Firewall (NGF): Guard your networks against exploits and malware—even those disguised as methods that sneak through most next-generation firewalls.

Forcepoint will create and support a secure IT environment through a platform that understands cyber behaviors to protect your employees and critical data.

 

SolarWinds

Headquartered in Austin, TX, SolarWinds builds products to address IT management needs in ways that align with today’s technology professionals.

 

Notable Solutions:

  • Network Management: Get complete visibility into the health, performance, and security of your on-premises, hosted, and cloud infrastructure.

  • Government Compliance: Government IT compliance requirements are complex and always evolving. SolarWinds' tools provide change management auditing and real-time change notification to respond to data calls for compliance reporting NIST FISMA, DISA STIGs, RMF, GPG-13, and other government compliance standards.

  • Security Event Manager: The security event manager comes with hundreds of pre-built connectors to gather logs from various sources, analyze their data, and put it into a standard format.

 

SolarWinds gives businesses the power to monitor the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid models.

 

SecureTrust 

Based in Chicago, SecureTrust delivers world-class consulting, compliance and risk assessment services and solutions for the enterprise market.

 

Notable Solutions:

 

  • Risk Assessment: If your business requires a variety of compliance requirements (such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a risk assessment is a foundation to guide you towards the most beneficial decisions that balance both security and compliance.

 

  • Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance: SecureTrust Compliance Validation Service (CVS) will help streamline your PCI compliance and ensure the process is completed with security in mind.

 

  • Merchant Risk Management: The SecureTrust Web Risk Monitoring (WRM) solution offers you a broad range of services for monitoring your merchant portfolio to meet card brand requirements, reducing your risk and expanding your services offerings.

 

SecureTrust offers merchant risk management solutions for merchant program sponsors around the globe.

 

WatchGuard 

Founded in 1966, WatchGuard has been delivering cybersecurity technology to small and mid-sized businesses to protect their most valuable assets. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle with other offices located throughout the globe.

 

Notable Solutions:

  • Trusted Wireless Environment: By offering more than just Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi security from WatchGuard stands apart from other providers. It has distinguished itself by automatically detecting and preventing ALL of the most common Wi-Fi threats simultaneously.

  • Off-Network Security: Multi-factor authentication (MFA) helps to reduce network disruptions and data breaches arising from lost or stolen credentials. DNS-level protection and content filtering that keeps you safe from phishing, ransomware, and other attacks.

  • Advanced Malware Detection:  Advanced malware detection solutions proactively identify malware. Threat Detection and Response (TDR) and APT Blocker from WatchGuard, are essential to defending your organizations against these threats. 

 

In a time where the cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving, and new threats emerge each day, WatchGuard makes enterprise-grade cybersecurity technology accessible for every company. 

 

Need Help Evaluating Your Environment for DLP?

Education used in conjunction with DLP software will help protect your data, investments, and important people. You should also involve key stakeholders in the business to identify which data needs protection.

If you are looking to integrate DLP software into your organization, Framework IT would love to help. We are extremely focused on internal and external organizational security and will work diligently to understand the complex needs of your environment. You should also involve key stakeholders in the business to identify which data needs protection.