Having security experts analyze the information is better than the alternative, Eggebrecht says, which is to have the DLP system monitored by an enterprise's in-house IT staff, who may not be trained in data security.
"If you manage it yourself and you don't have the expertise around security services, then you're not getting the most out of the system," he says. The human component of the system, Eggebrecht says, is the differentiating factor between BEW and other managed security service providers, such as Cybertrust (now owned by Verizon), Dell SecureWorks and IBM ISS.
"They look at the bits and bytes, the firewalls, routers and switches, they are privy to the border protection of an organization's network," he says. "We look at the actual content of the data."
The service is custom priced, Eggebrecht says, depending on the size of the enterprise, the amount of data being analyzed and if the customer has international operations.
Themis Papageorge, a computer security expert at Northeastern University's Computer and Information Science college, says using the cloud to deliver DLP services can create efficiencies, but it can also create more risk.
"The cloud generally has benefits, when implemented correctly," he says. "Clearly the economic benefits can be realized by having reduced infrastructure, but at the same time it presents new challenges, and chief among them is security."
Enterprises, he says, should analyze if the benefits of having a cloud-based system outweigh the increased risk of having third-party analysis of that data. That is something that each individual enterprise must consider on a case-by-case basis.
Ultimately, Eggebrecht doesn't expect DLP to be delivered solely through the cloud.
"I really see this as another delivery mechanism," he says. "Security is not going to be commoditized and sold out of a box, but offering certain services through the cloud does provide some inherent advantages."
This article originally appeared at NetworkWorld.com. Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social media. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.
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