NextLabs Enterprise DLP
Strengths: Full DLP and DRM document protection in one product
Weaknesses: None that we found
Verdict: Serious functionality and fine performance at an acceptable cost of ownership over its lifecycle made this our Best Buy this month
NextLabs Enterprise DLP is an all-round, full-feature data leakage prevention and digital rights management product. It fits into both categories of the super group this month. Using the Policy Server and various Policy Enforcers, it can not only protect data from unauthorised copying or emailing but also assign digital rights such as document expiration, copy/paste restrictions, and preventing screen capture and printing.
It is a simple install but slightly complicated to configure. The initial installation comprises: installing the Policy Server software on the server; installing the Policy Studio and Policy Controller on another computer; and finally deploying the Enforcers to the client machines. Once the installation is done, policy is configured using the Policy Studio application - a little overwhelming at first but quite easy after a while.
There is a comprehensive set of integration and policy features and functions. It can integrate with Microsoft AD to easily deploy policies via the already defined users and groups. After users and groups are enrolled, policy can range anywhere from protecting data from being copied to external media such as USB flash drives through having file access expire.
Documentation includes two paper review guides and PDF installation and administrator guides. All the documentation for this product was clear and well organised, with step-by-step instructions, configuration examples and screenshots.
NextLabs offers several support packages, all with varying levels of phone and email-based technical support. All customers get access to a web-based support portal with downloads, documentation and other technical resources.
With a price starting at £4,400 for Policy Studio and Reporter applications and £50 to £170 for Policy Enforcers before the purchase of extra hardware to install the software on, this product may seem quite pricey. However, we find it to be excellent value for the money, based on the large amount of features and functions that the product offers, and award it our Best Buy category this month.