8. Data Loss Prevention For Control
The NSA revelations could renew interest in finding ways to gain better control over data management activities, solution providers say. It could spark interest in data loss prevention (DLP) technologies and deployments. Up until now, many firms are using DLP in a way that industry analysts say is not fully implemented. The focus is almost exclusively on compliance, experts say. For example, email is monitored to ensure Social Security Numbers and other sensitive customer data isn't sent out in plain text. Security experts have long advocated master data management activities, which start with a complete data assessment to identify and classify sensitive data, gain control over its storage, and eliminate duplicate and erroneous information. Some businesses may turn to consultants and solution providers for guidance.