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The Truth About DLP & SIEM: Its A Process Not A Product
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9/15/2015 | 12:55:57 PM
Re: Under-utilization of DLP and SIEM
I think the issue again is that even if we were to call it a product that requires a process, we still miss entire portions of our organizaton that has data that needs to be secured from loss. DLP isn't just our digitial data, but also, as a very simple example, data in printed form. Data in printed form is also in scope for protection. We have several public high profile examples of where individuals have carried sensitive information (paper documents) out of an organization, that needed to be protected in both digital and printed form.

Thanks for the good comments!
[email protected],
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9/15/2015 | 12:51:12 PM
Re: Under-utilization of DLP and SIEM
You are exactly correct with your statements. That was why I decided to write the article. The article was written to point out that these activites are attempted to be done with technology only, which isn't possible. And further, the technology cannot do the 'process' driven portion of the work required to have a succesful implementation.
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9/13/2015 | 1:46:31 AM
Re: Under-utilization of DLP and SIEM
An interesting article, not sure your argument applies to SIEM as the 'process' (more of a service) is only found inside technology. Moreover the process is provided with matromony of people with technology.

A more apt example than DLP or SIEM process would be vulnerability management. Many vendors proclaim that the service resides on a device which scans your network. However, we know that finding technical vulnerabilities stretches further than seeing which server needs the latest patch or not. 

I agree that understanding what data is important is the first initial step, (then regularly refreshing) is important but I view this as a parallel activity and of which the processes are dependent upon. Finding out what is important, classifying it and safeguarding it are more GRC activities than technical ones.  
User Rank: Apprentice
9/11/2015 | 8:09:52 PM
Under-utilization of DLP and SIEM
It seems that the inability to recognize these "products" as process, or maybe it would be fair to call them a product that requires a process, results in them sitting on the shelf, and not being deployed to their full potential. This seems to be especially true for DLP. There seems to be a large challenge for organizations who are working with an older security system. This is where newer organizations in some ways have an advantage that they are starting from scratch, and can make sure to use best practices from the outset.

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