To mitigate the risks from uncontrolled data activity, IT security professionals need to understand where valuable information is located, how and where it is used, and the level of risk it represents.

They need to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, both inside and outside the organization, whether inadvertently or maliciously. With so many data loss prevention (DLP) products on the market, all making similar claims about their ability to mitigate data loss, it is difficult to know how to proactively reduce the company’s risk and protect confidential and sensitive data. Particularly in an age where email is the most common mode of communication and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs are putting corporate access increasingly in the hands of its employees, there are some critical decisions to make to keep the data secure. In a recent study, CA Technologies analyzed the major factors to consider when selecting and deploying data protection and management platforms.

Here are key takeaways from the study.

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