Data loss prevention comes of age

By Benjamin Blakely, Mark Rabe and Justin Duffy

April 19, 2010 03:52 PM ET

Network World – After testing endpoint and perimeter data loss prevention products, we conclude our series with a look at data loss prevention tools that can do both.

We sent invitations to McAfee, Sophos, Fidelis, TrendMicro, CodeGreen, Palisade, Symantec, RSA, Websense, NextLabs and CA. Only McAfee and Sophos accepted the challenge.

We found both these products to be a breath of fresh air. McAfee and Sophos seem to have a very practical understanding of the role of DLP in a modern organization. They both have innovative features, excellent user interfaces, and a clear vision for the future of DLP. McAfee’s solution seems to be more appropriate for larger organizations spanning many locations, even globally.

Sophos’ solution seems better suited for small to midsize businesses that are looking for DLP as an added bonus to an existing antimalware infrastructure, and for whom the cost of and training for a larger solution might be prohibitive.

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Critic: Customers should reject Comcast throttling deal

By Grant Gross – April 15, 2010 08:39 PM ET

IDG News Service – Comcast customers should reject a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed against the broadband provider for throttling some Internet traffic, a critic of the company said Thursday.

The proposed settlement, announced last December, doesn’t make sense, especially after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled this month that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission didn’t have the authority to enforce its net neutrality principles on Comcast, said Robb Topolski, a veteran networking engineer who discovered Comcast’s network management practices back in 2007.

“If people reject the settlement, they are freed from the restrictions of this settlement and can sue independently or join any other action,” Topolski said in an e-mail. “If enough people reject the settlement, it sends a strong message that the class of people that this settlement was intended to represent are dissatisfied.”

A Comcast spokeswoman declined to comment on Topolski’s blog post.

Topolski has criticized the settlement previously, but the appeals court ruling against the FCC now means there’s no regulatory agency to enforce net neutrality rules against broadband providers selectively throttling network traffic, he said.

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