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For those of you who may be complaining that the postal service stinks I may have the answer: smoked salmon. Three years ago my mother sent me a smoked salmon through the post as a Christmas present and it still hasn't arrived. Now before you say this all sounds a bit fishy, it's not the first time either. And before the whole postal service goes on strike because they think I'm insinuating something, the reality is that today most of us think twice about sending anything that is valuable through the post. Mind you there are still a few diehards as our recent Cyber-Ark survey discovered. Apparently 12 percent of those surveyed stated that they would send cash through the post!

And yet many of those who would laugh at the 12 percent and consider them old relics since we're all ultra modern and use internet banking and other sophisticated tools. And yet the vast majority of us are still sending highly sensitive information via email and a variety of other antiquated methods that might have been state of the art thirty years ago, but today are less secure than the good old postal service.

Over the past few months DLP has become the latest IT security buzz term. If you haven't heard about DLP, it simply stands for data leakage prevention or data loss prevention (they can't seem to decide). Add to this endpoint security, or as I heard it referred to recently, "the stupidity patch" for those users who tend to forget things like mobiles, notebooks, etc. after a night in the pub. But the problem with most DLP solutions is that they're all about protecting the perimeter or the endpoint. In other words, if I had a better security system in my house, or if the post office had better security to control what left their premises, my salmon would have arrived!

The problem for today's enterprise is that the transfer of information is increasingly time-critical, like my salmon, and the traditional approaches such as file transfer protocol and secure email simply lack the security mechanisms that sensitive data demands, thus making the risk of leakage very possible. And where it becomes really challenging is when you need to share information with business partners. So here are a few suggestions:


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