A successful DLP solution depends heavily on what sensitive information needs to be protected and how it can be directly identified. An outstanding DLP solution takes into account other factors that contribute to data loss, employee productivity, and streamlining the entire process. An outstanding DLP solution for SAP…

…Integrates with your SAP system

SAP, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution, is the core of many organizations, used to run key business processes and store ample amounts of sensitive, business-critical data. A lot of the sensitive information stored in SAP should never leave its secure boundaries, however since most DLP policies do not integrate with SAP processes, authorized users are able to extract SAP data, modify it, and disperse it for collaboration or other purposes, none of which is being tracked. The risk of data loss, and the increase in data loss incidents is steadily increasing and traditional DLP solutions alone are not able to prevent them.

An intelligent DLP solution that fully integrates with SAP and goes beyond traditional DLP functionality to classify, protect or block sensitive data at the moment it leaves an SAP application will protect against unprotected extractions of sensitive SAP data, reducing the risk of data loss.

…Integrates with existing data loss prevention tools

Data Loss Prevention strategies have been widely deployed to help enterprises protect against the threat of users sending sensitive information beyond the organizations internal networks. However, traditional DLP strategies only focus on a predefined set of rules or learned user behavior to prevent certain data from leaving the corporate perimeter, by scanning, monitoring, and reading every document in order to identify sensitive data wherever it is stored. While this method is beneficial for looking into documents to identify sensitive data where it lives, it can often incorrectly identify data because of its lack of context surrounding why the documents were initially created.

A solution that integrates with traditional content aware DLP tools, with the added intelligence of understanding the context surrounding the creation of various documents combined with deep content analysis, is better equipped to properly identify sensitive data and implement the proper controls to ensure its protections.

…Understands the context of the sensitive data

Traditional DLP works remotely from where data is created, in different applications, causing it to lack the context of the information and the understanding of the user’s intention with the data in order to make a reliable, informed security decision. The application of context aware technology to a DLP environment improves security decisions as they are made by analyzing the who, what, where, when, and why of sensitive data in an enterprise. By being aware of what sensitive data resides within different documents, who created it, where it was created, and for what purpose, a context aware DLP solution can make intelligent security decisions regarding which policy to apply to enterprise data.

…Minimizes restricted access for employees

The lack of understanding with a traditional DLP solution has a negative impact on end users. Because the DLP solution can often incorrectly identify regular information as sensitive and vice versa, end users are frequently left unable to access neither regular nor sensitive information, inhibiting their ability to perform their daily job duties. Rather than completely restricting access to all data or expecting end-users to be responsible and make the right decisions (or any decision at all) regarding the protection of your data, a context aware DLP solution takes over that responsibility, gets rid of the guessing game, and correctly identifies sensitive data, and applies classification, blocking, or protection decisions based on the detailed user information. Context-aware solutions also enable downstream solutions, such as traditional DLP and classification tools, to make better data-handling decisions.

In short, what makes an incomparable DLP solution?

  • Integrates directly with SAP
  • Can be combined with your existing traditional DLP
  • Solution is context aware
  • Minimizes restricted access for employees so they can complete their jobs
  • Enables better decisions making abilities of traditional DLP and classification tools