SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

July 15, 2008 10:00 ET

Little Data Leaks Can Sink the Corporate Ship

Data Loss Prevention ("DLP") Solutions Are Important Elements of an Overall Strategy to Identify, Classify, Protect and Manage Sensitive Information

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - A new research report on "Data Loss Prevention: Little Leaks Sink the Ship," published by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), reveals that over the last 12 months Best-in-Class organizations experienced 27% fewer data loss incidents than the Industry Average from trusted internal users, and 92% fewer data loss incidents attributed to malicious outsiders.

The risk of data loss comes from all types of data, from innumerable "channels" for potential leakage, and from end-user behavior ranging from inadvertent, to well-intentioned, to malicious. Strategies that focus on protecting against data loss in only one channel do not solve the overall problem. Organizations with top performance take an information-centric approach to protecting sensitive data, using a combination of network-based and endpoint-based solutions to prevent data loss.

"The majority of data loss incidents are associated with simple human error, and by well-meaning employees going around policies in trying to carry out their jobs," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen. "The most effective strategies for preventing data loss include a combination of enabling technologies, including data discovery and classification; data monitoring and filtering; and endpoint data protection."

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Utimaco Safeware and RSA, the Security Division of EMC. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4206.

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