Digital Guardian vs Symantec Data Loss Prevention comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on May 3, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Digital Guardian
Ranking in Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Endpoint Encryption (8th), Mobile Data Protection (4th), Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (20th), Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) (28th)
Symantec Data Loss Prevention
Ranking in Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) category, the mindshare of Digital Guardian is 5.8%, down from 6.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Symantec Data Loss Prevention is 9.3%, down from 14.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
Unique Categories:
Endpoint Encryption
Mobile Data Protection
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Featured Reviews

Ibidapo Ibrahim - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 28, 2023
Prevents data leaks, and is stable, but the partner program has serious room for improvement
The partner program has serious room for improvement. Digital Guardian is an excellent solution but our experience with the partner has been the most horrible experience we have ever had with any partner. The partner started the project but they did not have enough experience and when we reached out to Digital Guardian they did not provide the amount of support we expected. We did not get the full value we expected from the solution at the end of the day although we had paid for it. This made us feel stuck because we did not get what we were promised. I would like the solution to provide more monitoring support for web-based emails such as Google.
Serif Muammer Sak - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 15, 2023
Consitent, accurate, and simple
I'm not sure about scanning speeds. In my previous experience, we had some problems and some speed issues. The data loss prevention feature is working pretty well; however, sometimes, if you want to discover or scan the data stored in the customer environment, it could take a long time. Sometimes the customer states, "I want to scan a computer," and it takes a few hours. It seems to sometimes be unnecessarily long. Reporting could be improved. The detection features are good, and the configuration is basic. It's really easy to use, or it's really to learn from scratch. However, the reporting features must be improved as the product doesn't provide us with many reporting screens. We only have an incident results screen, and we have filters we can use, and that's it. There are no other reporting features. It's really limited.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The technical support is really terrific."
"It can scale from 100 to 10,000. There's no problem with the scalability."
"It has the added advantage of offering forensic analysis."
"It has been scalable."
"The most valuable feature of Digital Guardian is its reputation. They have scored high on the Gartner Magic Quadrant."
"Some of the features that are highly appreciated are its robust data loss prevention capabilities, flexible deployment options, and the ability to monitor data transfer across multiple vectors."
"We have been able to monitor access to files from each of our workstations."
"There is a built-in endpoint detection response that helps save money."
"They have a feature on the management side called the document indexer. Let's say you have a unique document with many near identical versions, which have one or several values that change, while the rest of the content stays the same. You can collect 50 of those documents and put them into this feature of the Symantec DLP system. It will compress them and create a profile specifically for that document."
"The dashboard, management section, and reporting are good."
"The most valuable aspect of Symantec DLP is its powerful policy system."
"I like how I have the possibility to check different channels with the same policy set."
"The most valuable features of Symantec Data Loss Prevention are endpoint security, endpoint agent, and DLP. Additionally, we have been satisfied with the policies."
"We find the product is easy to manage and maintain."
"The data matching features are the most valuable due to the easy policy setup and implementation."
"The initial setup is easy."


"There are a lot of issues with the current version of the Endpoint agent. It's not stable, it's resource-consuming, and there are some performance issues. If they could improve the stability of the agent it would be great."
"Technical support could be better."
"When considering potential areas for improvement, it may be beneficial for Digital Guardian to optimize its processes and reduce the computational demands on the system, particularly with regard to high CPU usage. Although Digital Guardian offers numerous benefits, it can consume a substantial amount of RAM and CPU power."
"It would be helpful if there was an on-premise version of the solution for companies that cannot use the cloud, such as government sectors."
"The initial setup is a bit more complex than other solutions."
"The room for improvement with Digital Guardian is that it will be better with the Linux agent because it is the only DLP solution for Linux workstations. It still needs to upgrade the agents to the latest version for the Linux kernel."
"Some features on Mac and Linux are not complete currently. For example, some device control features haven't been transferred over to the other systems. If they could have their Windows features also available on Mac and Linux, that would be perfect. Some of our customers have a Mac environment for their RD environment. Having the solution fully capable of handling everything in a Mac environment is crucial."
"Digital Guardian is an excellent solution but our experience with the partner has been the most horrible experience we have ever had with any partner."
"I would like to see changes to the analytics."
"They need to expand the channels they check."
"I would like for the administrator management interface to improve. It's kind of old and slow. Updating it would make this solution better."
"Agent configuration should be improved for easier interaction for users, particularly by allowing configuration changes to be done on a grid."
"Symantec DLP doesn't provide complete cloud coverage. We need another DLP solution to monitor our cloud applications."
"Symantec Data Loss Prevention's setup needs to be easier and support needs to be improved."
"Where things could be improved is that product engineering takes time to respond when we make a request. They get on a call for troubleshooting, but fixing the issue takes time."
"I do have a problem with the database."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Digital Guardian has both, subscription and perpetual licenses, but I think when everything (all technologies) will go to the cloud they will only offer subscriptions."
"I rate the solution's pricing an eight out of ten because Digital Guardian is expensive."
"The cost was around $300,000."
"The price of Digital Guardian is on the higher end compared to other vendors."
"If I compare Digital Guardian with Symantec, the license cost is lower, but McAfee can be cheaper than Digital Guardian. It depends on how many licenses you plan to buy and how big the project is. The cost is not so high as Symantec, but not as cheap as McAfee. They can easily sell the solution for price."
"The price of Digital Guardian is expensive."
"The solution should be less expensive to allow more people the opportunity to use it. Some of their competitors are less expensive. There is a license required to use the solution and we purchased an annual license."
"The platform is not very expensive. I rate its pricing an eight out of ten."
"Support is a little costly, but you get what you pay for."
"In terms of pricing, Symantec DLP works with Oracle Database. Oracle Database licensing is much more expensive than other databases. That might be a drawback for customers. The pricing is on a yearly subscription basis."
"The solution's pricing is based on a license model."
"The tool's licensing costs are yearly."
"The pricing is competitive and not pricey. We also receive corporate discounts."
"There is an annual license required to use this solution."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company
Insurance Company
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Insurance Company

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Digital Guardian?
I like the solution's adaptive inspection and container inspection.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Digital Guardian?
Technical support is included in the subscription package. But if, during the subscription, our clients want to include the professional services of a Digital Guardian engineer, the price changes. ...
What needs improvement with Digital Guardian?
If the client uses Windows 10 or 11 and Microsoft updates the operating system's version, Digital Guardian must update their product to match compatibility.
What do you like most about Symantec Data Loss Prevention?
It can prevent copying and encoding of HTTP data to various sites like Google, and Webex.
What needs improvement with Symantec Data Loss Prevention?
In my opinion, Symantec DLP could improve by offering a better online service option, making it more competitive compared to Forcepoint. Performance could also be enhanced, especially in terms of p...

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Sample Customers

The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Jabil Circuit
Hadassah University Hospital, Her Majestys Government (HMG), United Kingdom, Hitachi Consulting Software Services India Pvt Ltd., Hua Nan Bank, Hyundai Department Store Group,JW Marriott Hotel Seoul, Lake Health, McCann Erickson Israel, Molina Healthcare Inc., PGi, Quilvest Switzerland Limited, State of Nevada Public Employees Benefits Program, Symantec Corporation (Enterprise Security), The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (DLP), The Saudi Industrial Property Authority, TSO cloud, Visa, Yunnan Power Grid Company
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