ARgon for Email – The Elemental Approach to Data Loss Prevention

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Apr 19, 2015 05:05 pm PST

Clearswift, the global cyber security innovator, launches ARgon for Email, a world first adaptive data loss prevention (DLP) solution. ARgon is powered by Clearswift’s unique, award-winning Adaptive Redaction (AR) technology enabling organisations to easily implement adaptive DLP functionality within their existing email security infrastructure, reducing risk from next generation inbound and outbound information threats.

ARgon promises to change the game within the DLP industry. Companies have, for too long, seen DLP as expensive and proprietary and above all, limited in flexibility with an archaic ‘stop and block’ nature. ARgon eradicates these limitations, offering low-cost compatibility and the ability to adapt.

Unique in its application, ARgon co-exists with incumbent email security providers, overcoming the age-old problem of costs associated with a rip and replace strategy. Ease and speed of deployment is another key benefit, enabling organisations to quickly realise an adaptive security model, a must for today’s agile organisation.

In defining policies, ARgon enables bidirectional, both context and content aware definitions, and also comes with commonplace regulatory compliance automated redaction configurations such as PCI DSS – the Payment Card Industry standards, intended to optimise the security of credit, debit and cash card transactions.

“DLP has traditionally been associated with roadblocks to business practice, as traditional technologies would simply stop content from being delivered, disrupting the flow of information and costing time, money and even a negative reputation for an organisation. With ARgon’s in-built Adaptive Redaction features, this problem is no longer an issue, enabling agile business true continuous collaboration,” said Dr. Guy Bunker, SVP Products at Clearswift.

Never more than today has data loss from accidental or malicious insiders had a critical impact for businesses. New research* from Clearswift has highlighted that 73% of the data breaches in 2014 were from the direct cause of the extended enterprise, compared to just 58% only 2 years ago. This is no small matter for organisations – the most prominent concerns associated with data loss are reputational damage (48%), a loss of customers or market share (53%) and loss of competitive advantage (48%) – making it a company-wide issue.

Data protection regulation is moving swiftly up the agenda in both the business and political spheres, with new legislation expected to appear in the EU by the end of the year, bringing with it harsh penalties for those who don’t comply. 78% of decision makers are considering a DLP solution in order to comply with the new rules and with financial and reputational damage at risk.

With regulation and the insider threat driving the need for a stringent DLP approach, yet an agile and openly collaborative actuality being demanded by the business; ARgon negates this paradox.

According to Heidi Shey, Analyst – Security & Risk, Forrester Research, Inc. ‘78% of respondents in a recent DLP study believe that the priority of reducing risk and improving organisations security posture starts at the network. DLP is seen as a valuable data protection tool, but only 28% believe today’s features/functions are sufficient**.’ Fran Howarth of Bloor Research adds,  ‘based on recent evidence Clearswift’s Adaptive-DLP and ARgon for Email is addressing the necessary changes required in the DLP market; challenging implementation difficulties, disruptions due to false positives and inadequate monitoring, whilst utilising the existing infrastructure to protect existing security layers. It is a real game changer in the solution to data loss prevention for today’s organisation.’

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About Clearswift

ClearswiftClearswift is trusted by organisations globally to protect their critical information, giving them the freedom to securely collaborate and drive business growth. Our unique technology supports a straightforward and ‘adaptive’ data loss prevention solution, avoiding the risk of business interruption and enabling organisations to have 100% visibility of their critical information 100% of the time.