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5 ways to prevent data loss in mobile environments

Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel | March 21, 2014
Confidential company data can make its way onto mobile devices, where it's no longer under the protection of your toughest network defenses. Does that make your data vulnerable? To find out, review some strategies for preventing data loss on mobile devices.

Some products prevent sensitive information from being transferred to devices based on a user or group rather than a device ID. An administrator simply sets mobile policies for the Sales and Marketing groups, or User03, User04 and User07. You can also find solutions that support role-based messaging to meet military usage requirements.

Content-aware DLP is compatible with mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Nothing needs to be installed on the mobile device; the DLP software can leverage MDM configurations to force the device to make a VPN connection to the corporate network. There, the DLP technology scans and analyzes the content and applies policies.

Virtual environments can be protected as well. DeviceLock, for example, offers a data leak protection feature called Virtual DLP, which protects local virtual machines, and session-based and streamed desktops and applications. Virtual DLP supports Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware View.


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