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Rethinking DLP: Introducing The Forrester DLP Maturity Grid

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Data loss prevention or protection (DLP) — depending upon your usage — is both one of the hottest topics and most difficult challenges among information security professionals today. In 2010, it was the No. 1 security-related search term on, and it continues to represent 20% or more of our 1,600-plus client inquiries each year. However, failed projects and continued challenges have smashed the hope of a DLP technology as a silver bullet that can provide total data security. Using client feedback, survey data, and input from security leaders in Forrester's Security & Risk Council, we looked at DLP with a different lens and realized that security pros needed to approach DLP as an ongoing process, not a product or even a one-time project. We call this new process-based approach "rethinking DLP." In an effort to help security and risk (S&R) executives rethink DLP, we designed this report to help you assess the current state of your DLP efforts against data loss vectors and process maturity.
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  • Today, DLP Adoption Is Low, Often Unsuccessful, And Limited In Scope
  • DLP Is Not A Single Product But An Embedded Function
  • For DLP To Be Successful, You Need Well-Defined Processes
  • Assess Your DLP Deployment Using The DLP Maturity Grid

    Remember The Six "P's" Of DLP

    DLP Is A Part Of A Broader Information Risk And Control Strategy
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