Code Green Networks TrueDLP v8.1
Strengths: Quality, performance and creativity.
Weaknesses: More clarity in the pricing would be helpful.
Verdict: Good product, even without the focus on the “cloud” issues.
TrueDLP is delivered via Code Green Networks' Content Inspection (CI) Appliances. The CI Appliances have dedicated network interfaces for inspecting network traffic. Traffic is inspected for sensitive data (keywords, phrases, file types, structured data) regardless of port, protocol or file type. Policies are managed on the web console and provide options to log, quarantine, encrypt, notify sender and notify administrator. If more than one CI Appliance is required in a corporate environment, one device can be used to manage policy and remediation actions for the entire environment. The central CI Appliance also provides one place to view incidents reported by any other CI Appliance in the environment.
Code Green Networks has adopted a fairly unique approach in the identity management (IdM), network access control (NAC), and data leakage prevention (DLP) space. The company has gone after "cloud" security issues with a vengeance. The concept is to aggressively track down protected information in the respective clouds. Not much attention is paid to whether the solution is looking at private or public "clouds." Instead, attention is spent tracking down a wide array of data that contains private information.
Installation and configuration was fast. Once the systems were up and running, navigating an intuitive graphic set of layered dashboards actually made using the product fun. The company provided a well-written manual that made navigation around the system a walk in the park. Another good feature built into this product is the Incident Management Workflow engine. It was a delight to have a bundled answer to address issues that were discovered during the operation of the product. This is a good fit for organizations that need help in developing a formal incident management process.
Installation comes in the form of a hardware appliance with a bundled network tap that took the guesswork out of the implementation. The tap made it easy to set up in-line data capture, or it also could be configured as a passive listener on the network. The CI Appliance is typically installed on a corporate network using a physical network tap or a SPAN port on a switch to give the appliance a copy of the traffic. TrueDLP offers one of three appliances based on an organization's throughput needs. Code Green Network's objective is to provide an all-in-one, appliance-based tool that has a flexible and scalable architecture that is fast to deploy and easy to manage.
The company provides a typical set of support options, including standard and premium. Standard includes 10-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week email and phone support (from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST on business days) and is priced at 18 percent of the purchase price. Premium includes all services of standard and expands the time to 24/7/365 and is priced at 28 percent of purchase price. All support plans include software upgrades as long as the contract is up to date.
As noted above, pricing spans a fairly large variance in cost, so it is difficult to determine the value of the overall solution.
Cost aside, with the approach Code Green Networks has taken in its efforts to focus on the problem of security in a "cloud," there is at least hope that this issue is now being addressed.