Today’s business users are nothing if not productive, but too often they don’t think about if they are working with confidential data or if they are protecting it appropriately. The fact is, employees regularly save patient records to thumb drives, transfer customer data to personal devices, and email unreleased product plans to personal webmail. Although well-intentioned, their actions can expose sensitive business information to unnecessary risk. Add advanced threats by external attackers to the mix plus malicious insiders, who are intent on stealing corporate data for their own gain, and it becomes clear that data loss prevention (DLP) is no longer a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have.
CISOs are turning to DLP solutions to effectively protect valuable intellectual property (IP) and personally identifiable information (PII) and keep their organizations from becoming the next headline. Symantec recently published a research paper examining how DLP programs impact the effectiveness of security executives while also protecting corporate data. We surveyed more than 130 CISOs, VPs, directors and managers responsible for the evaluation, selection, deployment and governance of their organization’s DLP solution.