If properly implemented, data loss prevention (DLP) tools can help reduce the risk of data leakage and rein in cybercrime costs, Ponemon said. DLP tools can help reduce employee errors, which are seen as some of the most widespread causes of data breaches. A DLP system can spot if an employee is sending sensitive data via email and either block the message or prompt the user to encrypt it. To gain the full effectiveness of DLP platforms, businesses need to implement them beyond personally identifiable information and credit card data. Data fingerprinting available with some DLP systems can help prevent the exposure of documents containing intellectual property.