A few weeks ago I posted a quick one-question survey on DLP. I asked “Can Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology be effective against the “bad guys” [= anybody with malicious intent, whether insider or outsider], threatening your organization?”
Here is what came out:
Comments? Well, while my language inside the answer options was intentionally fuzzy, we can try to stratify the responses in buckets like:
- DLP optimists – the “it just works” crowd – measure at 6%. This makes sense, our industry is rather short of optimists and for lots of good reasons…
- DLP “positive realists” – a combination of the above with “work hard – get a DLP WIN” – clocks at 20.9%. This is reasonable, and matches our research on DLP project success.
- DLP skeptics – a combination of “no” and “never efficient” – comes at 37.3%, a very large group indeed.
- Similarly, another kind of a DLP skeptic – a combinaton of “no” and “works only against unsophisticated threat” – measure at 43.3%, nearly half of the total. This is roughly what I’d call a majority opinion on DLP. Further, if you add “never efficient” to it, the subtotal jumps to 64.2% (2/3 of the respondents!)
- “DLP deniers” – those who say that it just cannot work – measure at 16.4% of the total.
There you have it – have fun with it! More one-question polls coming soon.
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