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Summary

IT security vendor Digital Guardian has acquired Code Green Networks, a vendor of network-based data loss prevention (DLP) technology. This complements its own endpoint-based DLP technology and gives it a complete in-house offering for this technology.

DG has added network and cloud DLP to its portfolio

To be completely effective, DLP has to be able to address all enterprise data protection issues. This includes protection for sensitive data on servers, endpoints, and when on the move via common communications channels and mobile devices. At any time, up to 70% of a company's data may reside in a combination of remote office environments and mobile devices. This means being able to inspect data at rest on devices and in motion, across the corporate network, as well as outbound, such as in email or uploaded to cloud services such as Box.

Digital Guardian started out in endpoint DLP when it was founded as Verdasys in 2003, though it has since expanded to offer a broader portfolio of security products, changing its name as part of this process. For a number of years, it has partnered with another vendor in the space, Fidelis Cybersecurity, for the network side of the offering.

Digital Guardian says this partnership continues for the Global 2000, large enterprise market. However, for smaller companies, it now has an in-house network DLP offering through the acquisition of Code Green, which also dates back to 2003 and has traditionally focused more on the midmarket segment with a managed service.

In addition, Code Green’s portfolio includes a discovery capability, which because it is network-based, will complement and fill out Digital Guardian’s own endpoint-based discovery engine. Code Green also has a Cloud DLP dimension to its technology, so the acquisition should bolster DG’s plans to extend its DLP portfolio to provide protection for data held in the cloud, with Code Green providing an in-band technology to complement its Armor5 Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) technology, which is out-of-band.

Appendix

Further reading

On the Radar: Digital Guardian, IT0022-000444 (August 2015)

Author

Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

rik.turner@ovum.com

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