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Best Practices for Data Loss Prevention: A Process, Not a Technology

Published: 04 December 2014

ID: G00271966

Analyst(s): Brian Reed


Content-aware data loss prevention technology preserves the confidentiality of sensitive information. However, it is most effective when implemented as a process, rather than as a "set and forget" platform. Chief information security officers must therefore take a process-based approach.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build Business and Functional Requirements That Reflect Your Purpose
  • Implement Five Simple Processes to Ensure That You Use the Technology Effectively
    • A High-Level Process to Provide Context
    • A Process to Create or Update a Detection Policy
    • A Process to Provision and Deprovision Access to the Platform
    • A Process to Enroll a Document
    • A Process for Triage and Resolution
  • Implement Reporting Linked to the Policies

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