Symantec Data Loss Prevention Valuable Features

Meleria Mangaring - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at Trends and Technologies, Inc

I've been working with Forcepoint, Symantec, and also McAfee. From my experience with the three of them, Symantec has one of the best LP solutions on offer. Forcepoint is on par with Symantec on some points, however, with respect to the granularity of how Symantec has laid it out for the customers, is much easier when compared to Forcepoint. The client also has more opportunities for customization.

With respect to the amount of intelligence that they have with respect to how they formed the DLP solution, for example, exact data matching. If you compare Forcepoint with Symantec, Symantec is more sophisticated than Forcepoint. 

I would prefer Symantec over Forcepoint. 

With respect to how Symantec Data Loss Prevention works now, it's got an edge over all the rest of the Data Loss Prevention with the exact data matching and also the partial matching. We've done a test with that with other solutions, for example, with McAfee and Forcepoint. Symantec is really more sophisticated when it comes to partial matching as compared to other solutions. There's data around this as well. There's a document about a specific confidential file. We will configure everything so that 50% of the data from a document should be scanned. The rest will be detected as black or whatever the option should be or the response should be.

With Symantec, they are capable of doing that. Only a part of the document is scanned and they are capable of detecting the amount of information that is supposedly secure and that should not be sent outside to any unauthorized users. Technically, Forcepoint can also do that, but there are certain limitations. Forcepoint can only do so much. With Symantec, it's very straightforward. You can just specify the version page and then upload the identifier, upload a sample, for example, a series of programming codes. You upload that, you give a sample, and then, just like that, you can already specify a specific response for that and it will be detected. That's also one of the samples that we were able to do with one of our clients. 

Aside from exact data matching and aside from partial matching, there is better machine learning. 

Symantec can offer a more sophisticated OCR. The optical character recognition, which we often showcase specifically for hospitals with x-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds, is quite useful.

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SK
Associate at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is very good at fingerprinting the documents. This means, basically if a user tries to modify the data or change the file extensions, the system will recognize this action. It will offer the DLP images, so it will fingerprint the data. If a user is trying to modify data, they're trying to change the extension to whatever data, it will tune in on the IP, based on the indexing. 

There are a lot of features. We can modify only particular agent configurations. 

A new feature I've seen is a device block, which is very interesting. Previously, we used to create a policy for blocking certain data, which was transferred from our local machine to the mobile media. Now, we found that there'll be one more option called agent configuration device control. Under the device control, there'll be a block device connections option. It will alert us that a USP has been blocked. 

The solution offers very good virtual machine learning. The ML will capture information based on certain policies. We haven't used it yet. We're still learning about it.

The solution offers good data classifications. What we used to do, is we used to create one template and we used to sit with different project team members. We'd collect the information from the project managers, on the management side. We'd put the information into one Excel sheet and collect the information from that. Now, we're using that to review one data classification tool. What it will do now is, whenever you're working in the document, is it will ask you to determine the data. It will ask that if it is internal or confidential.  

We can integrate with some other tools such as Splunk, which is very useful.

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BR
Cyber Security Consultant at I(TS)² Saudi Arabia

The most valuable features are file integration and optical character recognition. It is a new technology integrated in DLP. File recognition technology mainly uses DLP, and we can use encryption technology to integrate the endpoint detection servers. The solution also helps to integrate the cloud access service broker in the DLP console, and we can complete information-centric tagging. For example, we can tag the files as private or public and protect them on the DLP console. In addition, we can classify data according to the environments and handle the files per the policy created from the console.

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Yasin Bin Wasim - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Engineer at a security firm with 11-50 employees

There's only one policy needed to implement for all channels. That's a good point for Symantec. To have one policy for all channels has been great. You don't have a user workload. You can manage everything through a single policy.

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GG
Senior Systems Engineer at a logistics company with 1-10 employees

I like how I have the possibility to check different channels with the same policy set.

The machine learning solution is very good. Many of our partners are not using mostly the machine learning function yet, however, the index document matching, the IDM, and the actual data matching function are the most useful. Those are very, very good functions of the DLP.

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PG
Senior IT Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The exfiltration capabilities are great. You can put all of these rules in the product to detect the patterns and text. You can build the rules to detect credit cards and personal information, for example. 

Technical support, by and large, is very helpful.

In general, it's a solid, dependable product.

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Faisal Mian - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at ABM Info. tech

Overall, it is an excellent product.

The product is stable. 

Technical support is very professional and responsive.

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Muhammad Ejaz ul Hassan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at RISE Technologies

The solution is simple to use with good administrative controls and a console that is easy to understand. This is particularly important because end users are security engineers, CSOs and compliance managers with minimal technical knowledge. 

The DLP is very effective on the application side because there is a control on both endpoint and network storage. These components are separate from each other which needs to be planned out carefully but reduces server needs. 

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DM
Data Loss Prevention and Data Classification at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

What I like about Symantec Data Loss Prevention is the technical support it provides. It's good.

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NV
IT Security Specialist at TT Systems LLC

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.

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AH
Senior Manager Network Design at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable feature of Symantec Data Loss Prevention is the ease of modification.

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Sasikumar P - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager - IT at Durr India

I like the software as a whole. It's a good one. The tool's really working well, and the agents are good. It's not heavy, and it's working fine with the clients.

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MUHAMMAD FAHAD  HASSAN - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at ABM Info. tech

The most valuable feature is the end point encryption and the solution provides good data loss prevention. 

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KP
Network Engineer at LTTS

Reporting is the most valuable feature the solution offers. It provides information on any incidents that occur in our environment. 

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Amrutha  Gadagakar - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Protection Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

I have found the most valuable feature to be partial enlisting.

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SS
Information Security GRC at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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SK
Associate at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

We are planning to implement OCT, which we consider a valuable feature. 

We also like the maintenance pack for bug inspection. We encountered many bugs, especially with the Endpoint MP1, the MP2 being the other one. 

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Ankit-Mittal - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Manager at Cvent

DLP's most valuable feature is compliance.

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MananVora - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Architecture at Tredence Inc

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.

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VS
Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features of Symantec Data Loss Prevention are endpoint security,  endpoint agent, and DLP. Additionally, we have been satisfied with the policies.

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November 2022
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