January 10, 2024
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The Top 5 Digital Guardian Alternatives and Competitors in 2024

As a legacy endpoint solution, Digital Guardian is a popular choice for providing data loss prevention on endpoints. However, Digital Guardian is not a tool without tradeoffs. If you’re researching endpoint DLP, here are the five best alternatives you should consider.

Digital Guardian DLP Alternatives

1. Cyberhaven (best overall)

Cyberhaven is a cloud-native data detection and response solution, combining traditional endpoint data loss prevention with incident response capabilities in order to empower cybersecurity teams to discover and detect not just individual instances of real-time sensitive data exposure within applications, but the end user activity leading up to these incidents. Cyberhaven classifies content in files and monitors all file events taking place on a user’s system, allowing for automatic logging and intervention any time a user takes prohibited actions (like downloading or emailing) on files from sensitive sources or containing sensitive information like intellectual property. This approach results in far fewer false positives when compared to traditional DLP, as content inspection when combined with file metadata provides greater context into user behavior.

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2. Forcepoint DLP

Forcepoint DLP, a key part of the Forcepoint One suite, offers broad coverage in the data loss prevention (DLP) domain, extending its protection capabilities across diverse deployment scenarios including for cloud services. Its user-friendly unified management console simplifies policy enforcement, ensuring seamless data security regardless of the specific products adopted. This DLP solution stands out with its “user risk score” feature, an effective tool for monitoring and mitigating risky user behavior. This is further complemented by its mobile DLP policy workflows, which controls data transmission to mobile devices, thus safeguarding against potential data loss due to lost or stolen devices​.

3. Trellix (formerly McAfee DLP)

Trellix is the result of a merger between FireEye and McAfee enterprise. The solution excels in safeguarding personal information, allowing the use of common policies across all channels, tracking real-time data usage, and enforcing policies on all data sources. It also offers a centralized reporting engine, endpoint support, data discovery, multiple enforcement actions, and email and IM support. These features, coupled with its real-time scanning capabilities and forensic analysis support, make it adept at data protection. The product’s continuous improvement and productivity-enabling features have also been highly rated by users​

4. CoSoSys Endpoint Protector

Endpoint Protector is a cross platform DLP software for desktops. The platform allows for a deployment of a self-hosted or on-premise instance. Its key areas of focus are eDiscovery, as well as content inspection via regex and limited machine learning. With content inspection enabled, users can automatically encrypt files or limit the transfer of files to external media to provide data security and limit data leakage.

5. Code 42

Code 42’s Incydr brings a robust approach to addressing data risk detection and response, particularly in the context of remote work environments. Incydr is designed to monitor all file-associated events across a company’s environment, leveraging endpoint agents for the detection of file creation, modification, deletion, and sharing. The data collected is classified with artificial intelligence according to file information, vector information, and user information, providing a comprehensive view of potential data risks. This focus, however, differs from DLP in that it’s most suited to addressing insider threats using device controls that prohibit exfiltration. This limitation means that Incydr is not optimal for managing data classification or automation of more traditional DLP related policy violations.

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