Symantec’s Improved DLP System to Impact Storage Industry

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Symantec Corp., a provider of security, storage and systems management solutions, recently unveiled an updated version of the Vontu Storage Data Loss Prevention (DLP) system. The system features enhanced management and the ability to scan structured query language (SQL) databases natively.

“What that means is, previously, these scans had to be done remotely, so you’d have to trigger the scans remotely — [and] the configuration and the management of these scans were done remotely. But now it’s from a single console,” said Helen Yu, senior product marketing manager at Symantec. “An administrator can basically define the data-protection policy and initiate the native scanning of not just SQL databases but a whole slew of data repositories.”

Now users can scan file servers, laptops and desktops, databases, document and records management systems, e-mail repositories and Web sites (including intranets and extranets) natively from a single console in the user interface (UI).

The ability to natively scan SQL databases will have a significant effect on the IT storage industry, Yu said.

“[Symantec is] looking at ways to integrate the idea of content awareness about the data to other layers of the storage infrastructure,” she said. “So right now we’re looking at SQL databases, but we’re extending that portfolio to look at e-mail archives and backup systems [that will] be part of the larger Symantec storage portfolio.”

A number of companies have greatly benefited from the DLP system.

For instance, a lot of Symantec’s clients are enterprise organizations, meaning they have thousands of databases, Yu said.

“It’s really easy to lose track of what’s inside, what kind of data is stored in these databases,” she said. “So the concerns are whether the legacy storage may be unencrypted data or storage of production data on test systems.”

The data loss prevention helps these companies by allowing them to perform a data cleanup or even just get an inventory of where critical information is stored, Yu said.

This certainly comes in handy for companies in the health care industry.

Take, for instance, Sharp HealthCare. The company uses DLP to scan and get an inventory of confidential data that resides on their servers and in their databases, Yu said.

“[The company has] databases that literally hold millions of patient records and employee names, and they have to make sure to keep that private data within the organization. So they’re constantly assessing their infrastructure to make sure the data is protected,” she said.

– Deanna Hartley,

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