Gartner Research

Enterprise Content-Aware DLP Architecture and Operational Practices

Published: 14 March 2013

ID: G00245933

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Content-aware data loss prevention (DLP) technology has matured and is on the verge of becoming a standard part of security architecture. This guidance document helps organizations make the right decisions at each stage of DLP technology deployment.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • The Data Classification Question
    • DLP Readiness Assessment
  • Plan
    • Analyze Existing Data Security Efforts
    • Determine Goals and Address Other Foundational Pieces
    • Review DLP Use Cases
    • Decide DLP Initial Approach
    • DLP Types and Data Threats
    • DLP Program Creation
  • Select
    • Enterprise DLP vs. Other DLP Types
    • DLP Acquisition Timeline
  • Deploy
    • Phased Approach and Quick Wins
    • DLP System Architecture and Its Evolution
    • DLP Tool Deployment Prerequisites
    • Recommended Starting Policies
  • Operate
    • DLP Staffing Model
    • DLP Tool and Process Ownership
    • Key Operational Processes
    • Loss of Business Unit Support
  • Evolve
    • Evolve From Observation to Action
    • DLP Maturity Scale
  • Expand
    • By DLP Type
    • By Protected Data Type
    • By User Group
    • By Region
    • Blended Approach

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Planning Stage Risks
  • Selection Stage Risks
  • Deployment Stage Risks
  • Operation Stage Risks

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