Gartner Research

Enterprise Content-Aware DLP Solution Comparison and Select Vendor Profiles

Published: 17 April 2013

ID: G00245932

Analyst(s): Trent Henry, Anton Chuvakin


Content-aware data loss prevention has grown up and is on the verge of becoming a standard part of security architecture. A small set of vendors dominate a majority of enterprise DLP deployments. Challenges remain with planning, deployments and operations of large-scale DLP implementations.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • What Is DLP?
  • DLP Is Different
    • Content-Aware DLP Types
  • Needs for Enterprise DLP: Threats to Data
  • Threats to Data
    • Types of Protected Data
    • Types of Data Threats
  • DLP Drivers
    • Control Regulated Information
    • Understand and Control How Information Is Used and Stored
    • Security Incident Response and Forensics
    • Part of Defense in Depth
  • DLP Use Cases
  • Market Landscape
    • Market Segmentation
    • Market Dynamics and Trends
    • Adjacent Technologies
  • Technology Trends
    • Detection Accuracy Evolution
    • Data Fingerprinting
    • Endpoint Support
    • Lack of DLP Standards
  • Customer Perspectives
    • DLP: Education or Blocking
  • Generic DLP Tool Requirements and Architecture
    • DLP Tool Requirements
    • DLP Tool Architecture
  • Assessing Solutions
    • Architecture
    • Integration
    • Detection Engine and Accuracy
    • Network Support
    • Endpoint Support
    • Discovery and Classification Support
    • Enforcement and Remediation
    • User Experience
    • Management and Reporting
    • Security
  • Risks of DLP
  • DLP Services
  • Future of DLP and DLP for Future IT
    • Forces Shaping the DLP of the Future
    • Evolving IT and DLP
    • Ideal DLP Tool


  • DLP Detection Methods
  • DLP Actions
  • Use-Case Comparison
  • DLP Is Part of Data Security
  • Realize That "DLP Is Different"
  • Collaboration Is a Must for DLP
  • Don't Buy More DLP Than You Need Now
  • Buy DLP Tools With Specific Data and Threats in Mind
  • Define Organization-Specific DLP Buying Criteria
  • Use DLP Actions to Secure for Now and Educate for Later
  • Motivate DLP Vendors to Improve Virtual, Cloud and Mobile Support
  • Prepare for DLP's Future

The Details

  • Vendors
    • McAfee
    • RSA
    • Symantec
    • Verdasys
    • Websense

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