Check Point has taken its first steps into the data leak prevention (DLP) game with the launch of a new network-based DLP software solution designed to pre-emptively stop sensitive data leaving a corporate network while retaining an element of human control.
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Speaking to MicroScope, Check Point global channel head, Amnon Bar-Lev, said that the solution, which can be deployed on blade servers or dedicated appliances took into account the fact that computers are "unable to take into account the context of events."
"DLP is not just a technical problem, it's also a problem of people, processes and policies," he said. "Our approach is to involve the user, so that he is alerted by a pop-up to a potential violation.
"You can still send your file, or whatever, but have to give a reason within a defined security policy," he added.
Check Point claims that the programme, which it has called UserCheck, will also educate end-users on data security as well as allowing them to remedy problems before they arise.
Bar-Lev added that he envisaged the channel "using its installed base to upsell DLP security products".
Earlier this week research by competitors DeviceLock, which develops endpoint data leak prevention software, found that 38% of firms were failing to deploy any form of data leak prevention, whether through device control, endpoint DLP software or DLP appliances. This figure rose to 54% among SMEs.
The survey of 200 IT buyers also found that IT departments were failing to protect every potential channel out of their business, with smartphones and PDAs of particular concern. Just 48% of respondents who had deployed DLP technology were monitoring and controlled synchronisations between mobile devices and PCs.