McAfee Host Data Loss Prevention
Strengths: Integrated device and data control with encryption functions and enterprise rights management.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive for some environments.
Verdict: Solid McAfee quality, but a bit on the pricey side.
The McAfee Host Data Loss Prevention system is a high-powered endpoint data leakage machine comprised of device control and data leakage prevention of confidential and sensitive data through networks and applications. The device controls monitors and restricts data copied from or to removable media, while the Network DLP Prevent allows for policies to be set to prevent data transmission over email, web or instant message systems.
Installation is comprised of setting up the various network evidence folders and then installing the base application, which is the ePolicy Orchestrator. The application is then launched, which brings up a configuration wizard. This wizard initializes the system and helps configure basic system functions. The Orchestrator also becomes the management application for the DLP system. We found this interface to be easy to navigate and well organized.
Aside from managing data loss through device and network transmission, this product also has integrated encryption services and plugs in directly to Adobe LiveCycle for complete enterprise rights management of documents and sensitive data. Policies can be easily configured and is pushed out to agents seamlessly by sending an Agent Wake-Up Call, which alerts agents that there is a policy update.
Documentation is comprised of an installation guide and product manual. Both guides are in PDF format and well organized with many step-by-step instructions. However, the majority of the documentation is step by step with little visual illustration, which makes finding various buttons or menus difficult at times.
McAfee provides several levels of support, each with various options. One year of gold support is included in the purchase price and includes 24/7 phone and email support. Also available on the website at no cost is a knowledge base, FAQ section, user forum and product documentation downloads.
At a price just under $90, without the Adobe LiveCycle functionality, and just under $170 with, this product can be pricey for some environments. However, we do find it to be a good value for customers looking for a lot of features and a lot of flexibility in both data leakage control and enterprise rights management.