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March 26, 2018

Leading from the front: DLP edition

Bharath Vasudevan

There are a couple of hard truths we’re facing as security professionals:

  1. Despite all our collective efforts and investment, yesteryear’s cybersecurity tactics are not yielding the results we want.
  2. One of the biggest trends facing the security industry as a whole is consolidation. Not necessarily vendor consolidation, but functional consolidation.  

Forcepoint’s Human Point System aims to tackle both of these issues. By focusing on the Human, we want to deliver individualized cybersecurity. With a better understanding of intent, we can provide the context available to make more informed decisions, greatly improving the efficacy of your protection. 

One of the key tenets of the Human Point system is that while our products each have market leading capabilities that solve challenging customer problems, we believe that when our products work together, we can truly deliver capabilities far superior to what a point product can do alone.

For proof of this, look no further than McAfee’s (DLP) acquisition of Skyhigh Networks (CASB) or Splunk’s (SIEM) acquisition of Phantom (SOAR). Security vendors are acknowledging that the traditional silos of security are dissolving and that in order to deliver the value that customers demand, approaches like this are required. 

Forcepoint remains ahead of this curve. We’re already integrating technologies into our portfolio to deliver the value that point products or loosely coupled products just can’t deliver.

We spent a fair amount of time with analyst firm IDC contributing to their DLP MarketScape Report, where we were recently named a Major Player. As part of this effort, we answered questions about our DLP product capabilities, restricted to the DLP silo. We know from speaking with our customers that they want more than traditional DLP – they (and we) see where analytics plus DLP can pay great dividends. With IDC, we shared the fact that we have upcoming integration with UEBA which would create a smarter, more effective and more accurate DLP, and that our customers are clamoring for it. We’re making the integrations where it makes sense and solves the most immediate customer concerns. While the vision of the Human Point System eventually incorporates all Forcepoint channels (NGFW among others), the 1.0 version of our solution focuses on integration with DLP.

Consider this: When the legacy firewall market transitioned to NGFW, the vendors leading the charge challenged convention and delivered all the legacy capability of firewalls, but with some additional features like application awareness. This was initially disruptive to the analyst community but over time has become accepted.  Forcepoint is choosing to lead the charge by combining analytics with DLP to produce a better result for our customers.

Come see for yourself. We’re a gold sponsor at RSA this April, and will be presenting in booth N3525 in Moscone North. Our primary message at the show is going to be about protecting the individual, and we believe we’ve got the right building blocks in the portfolio to deliver against that. Come join us!

Bharath Vasudevan

Bharath Vasudevan

Bharath Vasudevan is the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Forcepoint. His organization covers Forcepoint’s user and data security portfolio of solutions including data loss prevention (DLP), user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), Insider Threat and Orchestration products. Prior to...

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