Verdasys' offering is the latest in what Forrester analyst Ed Ferrara says is a move by security vendors to push services to the cloud. "There's a huge amount of pressure on security organizations to look at the cloud seriously," he says.
DLP in the cloud can come with its concerns, though. Chief among them is the amount of information that must be sent to analyze. Even if only cached metadata is being sent to the cloud for analysis, that can still add up to be a lot of traffic for midsize to large organizations.
A variety of other security vendors -- including Trend Micro, McAfee, RSA, Symantec and CA -- are looking into cloud-based offerings, but Verdasys and BEW Global appear to be furthest along in their offerings, which are already on the market. Verdasys' system is priced between $6 and $14 per user per month, depending on the level of service.