Data Leakage Protection (DLP) is a set of technologies and strategies designed to prevent unauthorised access, transmission, or disclosure of sensitive data. DLP is used to protect data at rest, in transit, and in use, and it can be deployed in a variety of ways, including network-based, endpoint-based, and cloud-based solutions.
DLP solutions use a combination of techniques to prevent data leakage, including content inspection, contextual analysis, and access control. Content inspection involves scanning the content of files and messages for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or social security numbers. Contextual analysis involves analysing user behavior and activity to identify potential security risks, such as unusual data access patterns or attempts to transfer sensitive data to unauthorised locations. Access control involves setting policies and permissions to restrict access to sensitive data to authorised users and applications.
DLP solutions can be customised to meet the specific needs of an organisation and can be integrated with other security technologies, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and data encryption.
In summary, DLP is an essential component of any organisation's data security strategy. By preventing unauthorised access, transmission, or disclosure of sensitive data, DLP solutions help to protect against data breaches, intellectual property theft, and regulatory noncompliance.
Armstrong has recently partnered with CoSoSys, who specialise in DLP solutions.