NextLabs Enterprise DLP
Strengths: Full enterprise DLP with integration into many applications
Weaknesses: Documentation could be consolidated into a more streamlined package
Verdict: Quite expensive but lots of features and good performance
NextLabs Enterprise DLP provides solid protection against data loss and leakage by using policy enforcers for file shares, laptops and desktops, as well as application integration with SharePoint, Outlook and Lotus. It can also control document access and limit the use of unauthorised applications and devices throughout the network with the use of a single management and control centre.
We found the installation of this product to be fairly straightforward. It consists of installing the Control Center server and the Policy Studio and deploying the Policy Enforcers (agents). The Control Center provides an interface for carrying out administration tasks such as managing Enforcers, whereas the Policy Studio provides an intuitive console to design, build and deploy policies.
Policies can be simply configured and managed with direct integration into the already existing Active Directory users, groups and computers. We found policies could easily be created to be quite finely detailed or very broad and organised into various folders, so locating them for deployment was simple. Policy Manager was a useful tool as well. This application allows for an overview of policies at various stages such as draft, pending, deployed and deactivated.
The documentation is abundant. Provided are several PDF guides that cover various sections with well-organised formats, step-by-step instructions and many screenshots. While we found these guides to be very useful we had trouble keeping track of which one we would need to look at to find what we were looking for. Streamlined documentation is key to finding answers efficiently and 20 different guides do not help to accomplish that goal.
NextLabs offers multiple support levels that include various options, such as software updates and maintenance, email and phone support, proactive support communications, access to a support portal, an assigned technical support representative and after hours response. The web-based support portal includes a knowledgebase, product downloads and documentation.
At a price of £4,400 for the servers and £50 to £170 for the enforcers, this product can become quite pricey. However it does offer some flexible integration features, which is why we find it to be good value for the money.