Data Leak Prevention Finally Gets an Open Source Alternative

DLP is a key technology in stopping data and ID theft. Until now it was one of the few security technologies without an open source alternative. OpenDLP aims to change that.

Data Leak Prevention (DLP) has been a hot button technology in security for the last few years. Many of the big players in security like Symantec and McAfee have acquired companies to add this to their repertoire. Until now, it was also one of the few areas in security where a viable open source alternative did not exist. The new OpenDLP project is aiming to change that. It's about time!

Security has been fertile ground for open source. In just about every sector of IT security there is a great open source alternative. Projects like Snort, ClamAV, OpenVPN and IPTables have given security practitioners high quality, best-of-breed choices that were open source. Sadly, until now in DLP this has not been the case. 

OpenDLP runs on an Apache Web Server using a MySQL database. This version only works on Windows computers via an installed agent.  The project is hosted on Google code and is licensed under the GPL v3.

While still a bit raw and needing more development, it is a project long overdue. I and the entire security industry will be watching and hoping to see a real community develop around it.

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