Data loss prevention has been a growing trend for IT departments and businesses, which see the tool as a way to address risk management issues. However, according to a recent Network World report, many companies are not implementing DLP in the most efficient and useful way.

Gartner analyst, Eric Ouellet, said in many cases, businesses will invest in DLP but will take between two to three years to fully introduce the tool into their corporate infrastructure, Network World relays.

To successfully deploy DLP, businesses need to encourage more communication and a stronger relationship between risk and financial offices and IT departments, which usually introduces the new technology, Ouellet told Network World.

“Organizations underestimate the need for the involvement of non-IT business units,” Ouellet said. Businesses that rely on their IT workers to analyze what DLP systems should address concerning data compliance issues, are not maximizing efficiency, according to the report. The business and risk offices are usually the ones who call for DLP, yet they are often left out of the implementation.

According to a recent survey of companies and their DLP policies, 81 percent of respondents said securing sensitive electronic data on storage devices is a priority this year, with 89 percent expecting to focus on it in 2011, Atomic Marketing reports.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19854621-ADNFCR