McAfee On Data Loss Prevention

McAfee On Data Loss Prevention

Network Computing reports on recent comments from Dave DeWalt, McAfee’s new CEO:

DeWalt says companies need to be able to tag information – files, documents – so they can’t leave a device, whether it’s a desktop PC, a laptop, or a smartphone, unless they want it to. “You have to set preventions at the host and at the network,” he said. “If you classify a document, it gets a little fingerprint and the gateway inspects the packets trying to go out, and checks for those fingerprints. If it’s not supposed to leave, it won’t.”

That sounds like DRM to me. DeWalt went on to say The only thing I can’t stop is someone looking at it and writing the information down. Sort of like how DRM doesn’t prevent me from hearing a song and singing it later. The only way to make data completely secure is to remove the human element, at which point it ceases to be useful.

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