McAfee Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Host, a comprehensive solution which prevents confidential data loss through malicious and unintentional means.

McAfee DLP offers organisations full control and absolute visibility to data leaving endpoints via e-mail, instant messaging, printed documents, USB drives,
CD-ROMs and more. McAfee is the only vendor to offer Data Loss Prevention as part of a comprehensive, integrated security risk management portfolio.
Recent data losses have translated directly into lost revenues, reduced stock price and market capitalisation, tarnished brand reputation and reduced consumer confidence.
For example, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 100 million data records of US residents have been exposed due to security breaches since February 2005. McAfee research, announced separately, indicates that despite clear corporate policies, data loss through e-mail, print and portable devices remains a huge problem.
"Information is the life blood of every business," says Chris van Niekerk, regional director: Africa at McAfee. "Financial documents, customer data, source code and intellectual property are potentially just a few mouse-clicks away from being distributed to unauthorised recipients, exposing the organisation to the risks of data loss. McAfee Data Loss Prevention Host allows organisations to gain full control and retain absolute visibility of the data leaving the company."
McAfee DLP Host includes features such as content and context-aware protection to block sensitive data transfer even if the data is manipulated, copied, pasted, compressed or encrypted. McAfee DLP Host also provides universal protection by preventing data loss at work, as well as "protection on-the-go" for remote users at home or on the road by enforcing data protection policies even when laptops are disconnected from the corporate network.
"In order to successfully defend against information leaks, products must reside on the desktop of those who have access to highly sensitive information and monitor the following: file transfer to and from peripherals like USB drives; copying and pasting of information across applications; and the use of output channels like printing and faxing.
Context, in addition to content, is also critical for analysis and classification – and capturing full context requires a desktop agent," wrote Jonathan Penn, vice president, research director at Forrester, in "The Forrester Wave: Information Leak Prevention," Q4 2006, December 2006.
McAfee DLP Host is comprised of agent software and a logging and management server. From this server, security administrators deploy centrally-managed  policies to the endpoints, monitor real-time events and generate reports. With McAfee DLP Host, endpoints are monitored and data usage and transfer is restricted based upon established polices. The result is a cost-effective and flexible solution that offers innovative and effective methods for preventing confidential data loss.