Being in the data loss prevention (DLP) market while it has evolved has let me watch as requirements have changed over time. Initial DLP products were aimed at solving the problem of acceptable use and specifically looked at what employees were sending out of the organization's network. A couple of years ago, DLP solutions started monitoring channels of communications to detect loss of private data such as Social Security and credit card numbers and identifying how the loss occurred. Data privacy quickly became the predominant reason for deploying DLP, since it became possible to quantify the major effect of data loss: namely, the company becomes headline news, such as the recent breach at the Pentagon.
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