Are you ready for a new DLP system in your environment? There's been a lot of news over the last couple years on DLP technology, and while I've love one of the new TVs for our living room, that's not the same technology that applies to data.
I found this short discussion on Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology that is coming into vogue as companies look to take advantage of the problems corporations seem to have in keeping their data secure. The article talks about some of the basics of the technology and how you might want to consider its used in your company.
One of the main things that the article talks about is the need to classify your data. Applying protections is hard, and not all data needs the same level of security. There is critical data that needs protection from release outside the company, and perhaps even from some people inside the company. Protecting this data is where you should focus your efforts.
I'd agree with that, but do you know what your critical data is? Maybe more importantly, or the first thing you need to know, is what is the cost of your data being released? The article talks about a per row cost of an data loss incident, which is something that would be great to have, but like most of these estimates, I suspect that it's a wild guess. I know I have no idea what a loss of a group of records would be for SQLServerCentral.
Most of us have a need to better protect our data, but I'm amazed to think that there's a technology out there that can track and manage your data. I would think that it's some type of auditing, but I'm not sure how it gets added to SSRS reports, data pulled back into a custom application, or even queries through SSMS. Having worked with auditing in some applications, I can't help but think that there's a whole data management problem around the DLP data.
It confuses me just thinking about it, but I know one thing. If this technology gets any sort of traction, it will mean more DBA jobs out there for all of us.
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