Information on the upcoming Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9.0

Symantec announced Symantec Data Loss Prevention, version 9.0, providing organizations with increased ability to discover, monitor and protect confidential information wherever it is stored or used.

Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9.0 can be used for preventing data loss from employees using laptops to send email, Webmail and instant messages while disconnected from the corporate network. At the endpoint, Symantec’s product is designed to stop the copying or pasting of sensitive information and even prevents this data from being electronically printed or faxed. These new features add to Symantec’s existing controls that prevent sensitive data from being copied to USB devices and CD/DVD drives.

A critical success factor in deploying new agent technology across an organization is whether the solution can locate all the endpoints, deploy the agent successfully and troubleshoot as necessary. Endpoint DLP rollouts commonly require the technology to be deployed to high-risk departments first, followed by phased roll-outs to the remainder of the organization. Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9.0 will help customers simplify their endpoint DLP deployments and ongoing management by embedding Symantec’s mature agent management technology allowing companies to continuously discover new endpoint assets, automatically deploy agents and troubleshoot endpoint agents.

In addition to enhanced endpoint DLP protection, Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9.0 continues to advance its data discovery capabilities. Enterprise customers require two scanning modes for content discovery, the traditional mode where every file in a content repository is inspected for policy violations and a compliance mode where servers and repositories with compliance violations are quickly summarized. Symantec will provide both of these options in a single solution for customers, something no other product currently available can do.

Faster inventory scanning aids companies in quickly identifying data repositories that contain confidential information to increase their visibility into data risk and compliance issues. “Compliance Scanning” mode, for example, will greatly reduces time spent on scanning. Organizations will also be able to assess the risks associated with sensitive data stored in PST files. Finally, companies will be able to automatically identify owners of confidential data, which is crucial to managing the clean-up of scattered, sensitive files and enabling a scalable remediation process.

Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9.0 is expected to be available in early 2009.

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