HP, which acquired outsourcing giant EDS last year, has a strategic partnership with Symantec on DLP.
EDS supports Symantec DLP in outsourcing arrangements with enterprise customers and even manages the DLP system for Symantec itself, which selected EDS as its outsourcing partner, says Chris Whitener, chief strategist at HP's Secure Advantage division.
A focus now is integrating some of the Symantec DLP capability into HP ProCurve switches and deploying DLP in HP data centers, he notes. Whitener points out that sometimes organizations don't want the company's CSO or IT support in the middle of handling data-loss issues since this is seen as a possible conflict of interest.
The changing world of DLP is something that Phil Moltzen, senior security architect at the U.S. Department of Energy, is keeping an eye on. He says there's a growing awareness that attention must be paid to monitoring content that's leaving the network as well as all the work that's done to stop attacks related to phishing, hackers and malware from coming in.
The cost of DLP does present a barrier to large-scale adoptions today, but he adds, "DLP is really just starting to take off."