Trend Micro LeakProof
October 28, 2008
- Ease of Use:
- Value for Money:
- Overall Rating:
- Strengths: A product with too many features to be covered in this review.
- Weaknesses: The deployment of the client software may require some advance planning.
- Verdict: A very solid product at a great price.
Trend Micro LeakProof is an all-in-one appliance that comes with everything preloaded. All the admin needs to do is configure the device. The initial configuration is done by attaching a power cord, a PS/2 keyboard and a VGA cable to the device. The underlying operating system is Linux, but have no fear if you are a Linux novice -- the confi guration is completely menu-driven and no command line commands are necessary. Once the initial setup is complete, the machine will have an IP address and you can configure the device using HTTP, HTTPS or SSH. Unless you are a Linux pro, I would stick with the HTTPS install.
In most environments, the DLP product is installed with the help of an engineer. This helps identify data whether it be personal clients' information, intellectual property, personnel information, classified information (which has not been classified as public) and industry secrets. By knowing what information needs to be protected, you can confi gure the unit to watch out for sensitive information. As mentioned before, the install is quite simple and the main purpose of the engineer is to assist the company in defining exactly what sensitive information is to be protected. There are pre-built templates for standards such as SOX and GLBA, etc., and these rules can be customized or created using a wizard interface. LeakProof can also use regular expressions (regex), keyword and metadata for each file as search vectors.
The client-side software is very well done. In essence, the client is a well-intentioned rootkit. The client runs without an icon in the system tray, the process does not show up in the process list, and the utilities directory is hidden from Windows Explorer. It basically comes down to this: if the client doesn't know it's there, they are less likely to tamper with it.
The documentation was industry standard PDF files broken into easy-to-find pieces.
At $45-$85 per seat, the Trend Micro LeakProof offering is at the low end of the price range.
Trend offers free support for the first year, and additional years and features are available for an additional fee. It is our Best Buy.
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