Don’t think of Verdasys as just another data leakage protection vendor
I’ve been briefed by Verdasys a few times over the years, but frankly the fog never quite cleared for me. While I was Research Director at Forrester I would talk to these guys, usually in the context of data leakage protection, or what Forrester later termed Information Leak Prevention (ILP). This week in Boston, however, I had another briefing and finally got it. (Gimme a break – I never said I was the smartest guy in the industry…. Oh, well, maybe I did, come to think of it…)
Digital Guardian, the flagship Verdasys product, is like a framework for managing
data is transferred from the safe confines of data repository or
server to the wild and unregulated world of laptops, desktops and PDAs, Digital Guardian acts
as a governor of the data, permitting all normal and authorized use, auditing
and reporting on that use, and when appropriate, inhibiting malicious and
unauthorized use. I think of it as a GPS for corporate data making the proper use of data easy and unencumbered while alerting to "wrong turns."
I think the $17 dollars Verdasys has spent on marketing has not stratched as far as they may have hoped, and that’s why most folks erroneously stick them in the ILP/ DLP bucket. But the Verdasys approach goes far
beyond the simple filtering of the data leakage vendors, or the unsophisticated "on/off"
endpoint security device control products.