Data Loss Prevention

5 Top Data Loss Prevention Providers for 2019

In 2018, the number of breached records totaled more than 1.3 billion. The root cause of many of those breaches? Unintended disclosures. That is to say, user error rather than hacks. Hackers didn’t take the year off, though. As you can imagine, their efforts also comprised a significant number of breaches.

For today’s enterprise, looming data threats can be as far away as Russia or as close as the next cubicle. Data loss prevention providers understand this “danger from all sides” problem. To combat it, they provide the tools you need for a comprehensive defense.  

Does your enterprise need to do more to protect itself, its partners, and its clients? Here are five top data loss prevention providers to consider.


To help address the unintended disclosures that can cause serious breaches, Symantec’s data loss prevention solution tracks — and regulates — the use of sensitive data. This has helped the company maintain its well-established stature in the cyber protection space.

Worth a look because:
With protections now rolled out for Office 365 users — and its more than 120 million business users — its stature looks to hold throughout 2019. That puts Symantec in a good position for a market projected to reach $2.64 billion by 2020.

What reviewers say:
“Easily the best enterprise DLP toolset,” writes one consultant, “but you need to have detailed product knowledge.” A finance industry CISO, meanwhile, laments the solutions “clunky” user interface.

Digital Guardian

Digital Guardian’s DLP solution protects your data from threats arising from insiders and cybercriminals alike. Its protective capabilities cover networks, endpoints, and cloud applications with service deployed on- or off-site. Behavioral threat detection, with an increased focus on threat hunting, plays an increasingly broader role in its solutions. (Threat hunting defined: Early-stage detection designed to identify threats at the earliest possible phase of an attack or compromise.)

Worth a look because:
Digital Guardian also works with Google’s Chrome browser. This became an issue for many data loss prevention providers when Google announced that it was halting third-party software code injection into Chrome. With the browser’s 60% market share on desktop and laptop computers, it’s a good-sized market for Digital Guardian to connect with in 2019.

What reviewers say:
One security manager reviewing Digital Guardian’s data loss protection solution describes it as a “[g]reat product with a high level of functionality.” An IT engineer notes “expected and unexpected snags in implementation and deployment” but otherwise praises it as “great,” as well.


With so many enterprise IT responsibilities moving from an on-site server room to the cloud, some companies are left with data loss protection policies that, figuratively speaking, live in two different houses. To help address that issue, McAfee offers a solution that allows users to synchronize such policies.

Worth a look because:
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) arising out of the U.K. is one relatively recent development that underscores the importance of such synchronicity. Initially implemented well into 2018, 2019 is GDPR’s first full year in operation. That means it’s also the GDPR’s first full year of levying fines, which might be enough to boost even more users into data loss protection services.

What reviewers say:
A subject-matter expert working in the government space writes, “Installation was easy, configuration was not.” A manufacturing cyber defense team lead shares, “Implementation was difficult if you’re not an existing McAfee customer.”


Known as Raytheon Websense until 2016, there’s no lingering identity crisis for Forcepoint. The solution’s focus remains squarely on providing data loss prevention services to clients. That’s going well, as Forcepoint merits a respectable rating from users.

Worth a look because:
Issues its developers expect Forcepoint to face in 2019 include industrial IoT attacks, face cloning that bypasses biometric authentication, and large-scale, incentivized, intellectual property theft.  

What reviewers say:
A finance industry systems engineer writes that Forcepoint “[w]orks but only if you don’t want the latest browser versions.” An IT security engineer says it is “[l]eading the pack among Endpoint DLP solutions.”


WatchGuard ticks the required data loss prevention checkboxes. They include, for instance, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, application control, and more.

Worth a look because:
They’re the right kind of checkboxes to tick, since, according to WatchGuard data:

  • 6.8% of the top 100,000 websites use insecure SSL protocols
  • 20.9% of the top 100,000 websites do not use web encryption at all

What reviewers say:
One reviewer appreciates that WatchGuard “offers all the essential functions for maintaining high levels of network security.” From another: “The speed and reliability of the VPN are top notch.”

CTC Technologies and the Fight Against Data Loss

According to one survey, nearly a third (31%) of respondents already limit the data they place on the cloud due to security concerns. It’s a concession to threats that will plague enterprises throughout the year.

It’s a concession no enterprise should feel is necessary. With the right data loss prevention solution in place, it’s one they hopefully won’t feel is necessary. If you’re concerned about what data loss prevention means for your enterprise for 2019 and the years that follow, contact CTC Technologies today. We’ll leverage our experience, expertise, and partnerships to deliver the security you need and deserve.