Digital Guardian Data Protection Platform

The Digital Guardian (DG) Data Protection Platform is a DLP solution that protects intellectual property and customers’ critical data from threats originating from both inside and outside the organization. Since the product’s introduction 12 years ago, DG has been a leader in preventing data loss by well-intentioned and malicious insiders, but in January 2015 with the release of the 7.0 version, DG became the first solution to combine traditional DLP functionality with advanced threat detection capabilities using the SAME endpoint agent and the SAME management console. This innovation means customers have at least one less endpoint agent and system to manage, yet achieve twice the level of data protection. This enables companies to do more with less technology and staff which is a huge benefit for all companies who now face a severe shortage of security talent. Digital Guardian 7.0 extends DLP technology to take a broader approach to data protection – which is now more critical than ever, given the volume of high-profile data breaches that have occurred in the past year alone.

The core of the Digital Guardian product is a small, invisible, tamper-resistant agent that is installed on desktops, laptops and servers, where it is able to continually monitor and mediate operations performed on protected objects by end-users. Using low-level kernel-mode drivers, the agent is able to inspect data flows into and out of the protected system at the level of file reads, writes, renames, moves and copies; paste operations; send mail events, mail file attach events, and more. Each Digital Guardian server used at customer sites and through its SaaS implementation manages tens of thousands of agents simultaneously. Development requires a skilled engineering staff to provide the flexibility to handle thousands of agents, while ensuring the data remains forensically sound and providing the reporting capabilities to understand the behavior of tens of thousands of systems and agents.

Traditional network-based approaches to cybersecurity have, over time, proven to be ineffective. Despite the investments in various technologies, IT staff and resources, companies still can’t keep attackers from breaching their walls. As a result, the industry has continued investing in a fundamentally flawed approach, so Digital Guardian saw the opportunity for a big disruption, carried out through its 7.0 platform.

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