Digital Guardian vs Symantec Data Loss Prevention comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on May 3, 2023

We performed a comparison between Symantec DLP and Digital Guardian based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Symantec DLP’s initial setup is said to be easy, straightforward, and quick. Digital Guardian’s initial setup is described as more complex than other solutions, partially because of security policies.
  • Features: Symantec DLP offers data loss prevention tools that can integrate with third-party programs, valuable reporting, and endpoint encryption, as well as a partial enlisting feature. However, the layout of its interface, update delivery, and analysis of risk files all need to be improved. Digital Guardian offers a built-in endpoint detection and response tool, data classification and forensic analysis capabilities, and robust data loss prevention. Its substantial use of RAM and CPU, and agent deployment console are in need of improvement.
  • Pricing: Symantec DLP’s pricing is evaluated as reasonable and moderate and is noted to offer discounts to educational institutions. Reviewers note that Digital Guardian’s pricing needs to be less expensive.
  • Service and Support: Symantec DLP’s technical support team received mixed reviews. Digital Guardian’s support is generally described as lacking.
  • ROI: Both solutions are noted to provide a return on investment due to the time and money they save for enterprises.

Comparison results: Based on the parameters we compared, Symantec DLP comes out ahead of Digital Guardian. While both solutions offer valuable endpoint security and data analysis, Digital Guardian’s lack of support and high price leaves room for improvement.

To learn more, read our detailed Digital Guardian vs. Symantec Data Loss Prevention Report (Updated: May 2023).
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"It has the added advantage of offering forensic analysis.""There is a built-in endpoint detection response that helps save money.""It can scale from 100 to 10,000. There's no problem with the scalability.""The most valuable feature of Digital Guardian is its reputation. They have scored high on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.""We have been able to monitor access to files from each of our workstations.""It has been scalable.""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."

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"What we like about Symantec Data Loss Prevention is that it's a very good product. We never faced any problems with its performance. It has very good performance. There was this RAM issue, but it was an internal issue which we've sorted out. Apart from the RAM issue, there are no other issues with Symantec Data Loss Prevention.""I like how I have the possibility to check different channels with the same policy set.""The accuracy in terms of the rate of detection is good.""The most valuable aspect of Symantec DLP is its broad coverage. Symantec DLP covers USB, Outlook email clients, and web traffic. If we install the endpoint DLP, we can cover multiple channels, including the clipboard and printer.""Symantec Data Loss Prevention is the number one product in its field. It does its job well and it has all the necessary features. It is definitely better than any other solution on the market.""DLP's most valuable feature is that it's more granular in terms of creating block-based policies, which gives you more options to create policies in a filtered way.""The detection capabilities are comprehensive.""DLP's most valuable feature is compliance."

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"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.""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 solution has complexities around policy creation and deployment.""Technical support could be better.""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.""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.""The initial setup is a bit more complex than other solutions."

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"Since being acquired by Broadcom, the support has really degraded for small and medium enterprises.""Reporting could be improved.""From a management perspective, it takes a lot of time to manage the infrastructure.""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 would like to see an improved interface, with better documentation and integration with other products.""The deployment is complex.""We need to have agent auto-parsing.""The solution could offer improved more informative documentation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Digital Guardian is expensive."
  • "The cost was around $300,000."
  • "The price of Digital Guardian is on the higher end compared to other vendors."
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  • "The price of the solution 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 price of Symantec Data Loss Prevention could be reduced."
  • "There is an annual license required to use this solution."
  • "Support is a little costly, but you get what you pay for."
  • "DLP could be a bit cheaper."
  • "The solution's pricing is based on a license model."
  • "The price of Symantec DLP is fair. I don't recall the cost of the license, but it wasn't outrageous enough that it was an obstacle to approval. I'm not concerned with how much per seat or server, but I know they charge a lot."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Digital Guardian is its reputation. They have scored high on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer:The accuracy in terms of the rate of detection is good.
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    Digital Guardian Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP) protects sensitive data on all your endpoints. It protects intellectual property and personal information. An endpoint agent that captures and records all system, user and data events on or off the network. It has a granular control of all data movement that can be configured to automatically block, justify or encrypt sensitive data in or attached to email, files moved to removable drives, cloud storage, or web - malware and malware-free - before sensitive data is lost. It has a built-in advanced data classification that creates and modifies classification and usage policies through content inspection, context-awareness and user classification. It provides design policies with controls that won't block actions that comply with corporate policy so employees remain productive while the data stays safe.

    Keeping sensitive corporate information safe and compliant has never been easy. But today, you’re faced with a totally new set of data protection challenges. Sensitive information is leaving the safety of your corporate network as more employees share files over consumer cloud storage services and access those files on their own mobile devices. The number of targeted cyber attacks continues to grow, as cybercriminals develop effective new methods for defeating traditional security measures and stealing corporate information. And as all of these factors converge, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage corporate information and protect it against loss and theft. 

    Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) provides a comprehensive approach to information protection that embraces today’s cloud- and mobile-centered realities. With DLP, you can:

    • Discover where data is stored across all of your cloud, mobile, network, endpoint, and storage systems

    • Monitor how data is being used, whether your employees are on or off the network

    • Protect data from being leaked or stolen—no matter where it’s stored or how it’s used

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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
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company7%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Insurance Company15%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business73%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Digital Guardian vs. Symantec Data Loss Prevention
    May 2023
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    Digital Guardian is ranked 6th in Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with 7 reviews while Symantec Data Loss Prevention is ranked 1st in Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with 23 reviews. Digital Guardian is rated 7.0, while Symantec Data Loss Prevention is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Digital Guardian writes "Highly customizable, helpful support, and multiple modules available". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Data Loss Prevention writes "Consitent, accurate, and simple". Digital Guardian is most compared with Forcepoint Data Loss Prevention, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention, CrowdStrike Falcon and Carbon Black CB Defense, whereas Symantec Data Loss Prevention is most compared with Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention, Forcepoint Data Loss Prevention, Trend Micro Integrated Data Loss Prevention, CoSoSys Endpoint Protector and Zscaler Cloud DLP. See our Digital Guardian vs. Symantec Data Loss Prevention report.

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