Tech Talk: Looking at the 3 Main Use Cases for DLP

Tech Talk: Looking at the 3 Main Use Cases for DLP
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When discussing Data Loss Prevention (or DLP), many would assume that it is more of a problem for the physical infrastructure. Organizations don’t consider that even the cloud can carry risks of DLP as their mindset of human error or data corruption. We went into more detail in our previous article, that DLP covers more than just that and in the earlier stages was referred more as Data Leakage prevention. This is why when remote work was the only option in the past years, as much as 70% of companies suffered from data loss from sources like data breaches, cyber-attacks, and corporate espionage (as per the HIPAA Journal).

DLP solutions at its core, helps protect your data while:

It is in use – by securing data in endpoints or applications while users actively access them or by controlling access to sensitive data

It is in motion – by protecting data by encrypting it while it is being transmitted or through email and messaging security tools.

It is at rest – by protecting stored data while it is in the cloud, databases or any kind of storage through access control, encryption or data retention policies

From the above examples we can already infer what kind of use cases the DLP solutions solve. Let’s now take a closer look at these use cases.

Personal Information Protection / Compliance

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Organizations that collect or store sensitive data like Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Protected Health Information (PHI), Payment Card Information (PCI), etc. is one use case. DLP solutions can help organizations identify, classify, and tag sensitive data while monitoring activities and events. The reporting features as well of most solutions can help provide the details needed for compliance audits.

IP Protection

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Another use case would be organizations that have important intellectual property or trade secrets. Losing or having these data stolen could have a tremendous impact on the business and could even mean its inevitable closure. DLP solutions can use context-based classification to monitor data within your network and combined with policies and control, can prevent the unwanted exfiltration of sensitive data.

Data Visibility

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Some organizations want to know how their data is moving and how it is being used by their users. A comprehensive DLP solution can help you monitor and track your data whether they are on endpoints, the network, or in the cloud. This allows your IT team to gain visibility into how your individual users in your organization interact with your data.

Prevent Data Loss With Forcepoint

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If your company fits any of the use cases above, then DLP solutions such as Forcepoint can benefit your company. Forcepoint not only includes all the solutions given above in each use case but has additional benefits to keeping your data secure. Forcepoint can report and evaluate all incidents generated by your policies and alert you based on their risk score. It also has the flexibility to integrate and support different third-party solutions like Citrix ShareFile by scanning the content and even scan endpoints like laptops to find sensitive data and apply the appropriate policies for them.

If you are interested in learning more about DLP solutions like Forecepoint or if you want to learn more on how we can help implement a DLP solution for you, you may contact us at!

Tech Talk: What is Data Loss Prevention?

Tech Talk: What is Data Loss Prevention?
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As we slowly emerge from the global pandemic, the transition to return to the office have been steadily happening. However, even as we return to the office, working remotely is something that will not be going away anytime soon. With many offices opting to implement a hybrid work setup, data will inevitably be move outside your network perimeter. This has again brought up the issue of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) within many companies in the Philippines.  

The term DLP has become a common way to refer to anything related to loss of data. However, data loss is more covered by backup or BCDR solution providers that can help you recover data.  Then what do DLP solution providers help solve and why is it finding relevancy now as hybrid work is becoming popular?

How DLP Solutions Protect your Data

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Data breaches spiked up during the pandemic due to the fact that many were still adapting to remote work. However, it was not just because of the increase of cyber-attacks like phishing or ransomware, insider threats and user error were also leading causes. It was estimated in 2020, that 23% of data breaches was caused by company users (either by accident or maliciously). This is also why data compliance regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation Act of the European Union (GDPR) or the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) are becoming stricter and increasing their fines.

DLP solutions from Forcepoint help businesses comply with rapidly evolving regulations and help prevent the loss of data from insider threats. They do this through first identifying what data needs to be protected within the organization. An example of this would be banks protecting sensitive information like credit card numbers. By creating policies based on credit card number formats, the DLP solution can then filter and monitor files that go through it and see how they are being used. The DLP solution can then alert you once data containing sensitive information is either:

  • Being sent through an email
  • Copied to an unauthorized external hard drive
  • Uploaded to the Cloud
  • Being shared through a Web browser

DLP Solutions can also keep track of files that contain sensitive data is changed. If someone from inside the company renames a file with sensitive data before moving it from the above methods, the DLP solution can save that event. So in the case of misuse of data, your company has proof to show. Besides monitoring, DLP solutions can also prevent the loss or leakage of data through its policies so that accidental or malicious loss can be stopped before it happens.

To learn more about DLP solutions like Forcepoint, you may contact us at to learn more!