Gartner Research

How to Plan and Architect a DLP Program

Published: 06 June 2017

ID: G00326612

Analyst(s): Mike Wonham , Anton Chuvakin


The variety of infrastructures and services in use drives increased complexity in data loss prevention programs, challenging the capabilities of mature enterprise content-aware DLP tools. This guidance helps technical professionals make the right decisions at each stage of a DLP program.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Setting the Scene
    • Introduction
    • Data and Information
    • DLP Technology
    • Business Requirements and Constraints
    • Outcomes
  • Scoping the Program
    • Program Ownership
    • Determine Goals and Requirements
    • Develop Use Cases
    • Analyze Existing Controls and Target Data
    • Program Risk Management
  • Choosing the Tool (or Tools)
    • Dependencies
    • Budget
    • Focus on Requirements
    • Acquisition Approach
  • Plan to Deploy
    • Phased Approach
    • Where to Start Deployment
    • Other Decision Factors
    • Recommended Starting Policies
  • Plan to Operate
    • Resourcing
    • Key Operational Processes
  • Related Guidance

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