The biggest challenge in preventing data leaks lies with people and their online habits rather than technology.

Data-leak prevention that lets organizations monitor for unauthorized transmission of sensitive content is a powerful technology sometimes put to surprising uses. Writes Ellen Messmer at Network World.

"DLP technology, at the gateway or host level, is not difficult or time-consuming to deploy, according to IT managers gaining experience with it in business, government and school systems. Rather, DLP is a game-changer that creates an atmosphere where network users may be caught committing various types of data violations, inadvertent or not. The IT department, though first to know, can’t end up as the enforcement arm, experts say. Management of it comes from human resources and the legal department, and they have to be deeply involved to play the DLP police role. It all starts with creating the DLP policy."

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