Managed Data Loss Prevention: An Overview

What is Managed Data Loss Prevention?

Managed Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a set of tools and techniques used to prevent sensitive or confidential data from being lost, stolen, or exposed. It involves the use of software and policies to control the flow of data within an organization, and to detect and prevent the unauthorized transmission or use of sensitive information.

Managed DLP typically involves a range of measures, such as encryption, access controls, monitoring and logging, and policy enforcement. It may also involve the use of data classification tools to identify and categorize sensitive data, as well as the use of data leakage prevention software to detect and prevent data loss.

The aim of Managed DLP is to protect an organization’s sensitive data from a range of threats, including accidental or intentional leaks, theft or hacking, and unauthorized access or use. By implementing a comprehensive DLP strategy, organizations can reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents, and ensure compliance with data protection regulations and standards.

How does Managed Data Loss Prevention benefit SMBs in ‘high trust’ sectors?

Managed Data Loss Prevention (DLP) can provide significant benefits to Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) operating in high trust sectors, such as healthcare, finance, and legal services. Here are some ways Managed DLP can benefit SMBs in such sectors:

Protecting sensitive information: In high trust sectors, protecting sensitive information is critical to maintaining trust with customers, patients, or clients. Managed DLP can help SMBs protect sensitive information such as personal health information, financial data, or legal documents, reducing the risk of data breaches and protecting the reputation of the business.

Compliance with regulations: SMBs in high trust sectors are often subject to industry-specific regulations. Managed DLP can help SMBs comply with these regulations by ensuring that sensitive data is stored and transmitted securely, and by providing an audit trail of data access and usage.

Cost-effective solutions: Managed DLP services can be a cost-effective solution for SMBs that may not have the resources to develop and implement their own DLP strategies. By outsourcing DLP to a managed service provider, SMBs can benefit from the expertise of security professionals and access to specialized DLP tools and technologies, without the need for significant investment in hardware, software, or personnel.

Enhanced visibility and control: Managed DLP solutions can provide SMBs with greater visibility and control over their data. This can include real-time monitoring and alerts for data leakage incidents, as well as centralized policy management and reporting. With better visibility and control, SMBs can identify and respond to potential threats more quickly and effectively.

What are some trends in Managed Data Loss Prevention?

Cloud-based DLP: With the growing adoption of cloud-based services, there is an increasing need for DLP solutions that can protect data in the cloud. Cloud-based DLP solutions can help organizations monitor and control the flown of data to and from cloud services, and ensure that sensitive data is stored and transmitted securely.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning: AI and machine learning are being increasingly used in DLP solutions to improve the accuracy and efficiency of data classification and policy enforcement. By analyzing patterns in data access and usage, AI and machine learning can help organizations identify and respond to potential data loss incidents more quickly and effectively.

Integration with other security solutions: DLP solutions are increasingly being integrated with other security solutions such as endpoint security, network security, and identity and access management. By combining these solutions, organizations can create a more comprehensive security strategy that covers all aspects of data protection.

Focus on insider threats: While external threats such as hacking and malware are still a significant concern, there is an increasing focus on insider threats – that is, threats posed by employees, contractors, or other insiders. Managed DLP solutions can help organizations monitor and control the access and usage of sensitive data by insiders, and detect and respond to potential threats.

Automation and orchestration: To improve the efficiency of DLP operations, there is an increasing focus on automation and orchestration. By automating routine tasks such as policy creation and incident response, and orchestrating the activities of multiple security solutions, organizations can improve their DLP capabilities while reducing the workload on security teams.

What are some best practices in Managed Data Loss Prevention?

Develop a comprehensive DLP strategy: A comprehensive DLP strategy should include policies, procedures, and technologies that cover all aspects of data protection, from data classification to incident response. The strategy should be tailored to the specific needs of the organization and take into account relevant regulations and compliance requirements.

Involve stakeholders: To ensure the success of a DLP program, it is important to involve stakeholders from across the organization, including IT, security, legal, and compliance teams. This can help to ensure that everyone is aware of the risks and benefits of DLP, and that the program is aligned with organizational goals.

Use a risk-based approach: A risk-based approach to DLP involves identifying the most critical data and assets that need to be protected, and focusing DLP efforts on those areas. This can help organizations prioritize their DLP efforts and allocate resources effectively.

Monitor and analyze data usage: DLP solutions should be configured to monitor and analyze data usage across the organization, including on endpoints, networks, and cloud services. This can help organizations detect and respond to potential data loss incidents more quickly and effectively.

Educate employees: Employee education and awareness is an important part of any DLP program. Employees should be trained on the risks of data loss, the importance of data protection, and the role they play in protecting sensitive data.

Regularly review and update DLP policies: DLP policies should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain effective and relevant. This can include updating policies in response to new threats or changes in regulations, or to reflect changes in the organization’s technology or business practices.


Altourage is a client-obsessed managed service provider, offering IT and Cybersecurity services to clients in ‘high-trust’ sectors, including Financial Services, Professional Services and Nonprofit Organizations.  

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