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

Published: 15 October 2019

ID: G00383997

Analyst(s): Zaira Pirzada, Marc-Antoine Meunier


Data loss prevention technology is most effective when supported by business-inclusive processes, rather than as a “set and forget” technology platform. Security and risk management leaders implementing DLP tools need to include five key supporting processes for sustainable business risk reduction.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build Business and Functional Requirements That Reflect Your Purpose
  • Implement Five Simple Processes to Help Use DLP Effectively
    • A High-Level Process to Provide Context
    • A Process to Create or Update DLP Policies
    • A Process to Provision and Deprovision Access to the DLP Platform
    • A Process to Maintain Effective Detection of Sensitive Data
    • A Process for Triage and Resolution
  • Implement Reporting Linked to DLP Policies

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