Egress Filtering

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What are the pros and the cons of egress filtering when referring to the network of a medium-sized software business? From what I understand the use of egress filtering will cause issues for some users as it requires policy changes for all new software. But does that annoyance outweigh the protection it offers?

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  • TomLiotta
    Can you clarify "medium-sized software business"? What is a general size and what category of software is the business selling? -- Tom
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  • Kevin Beaver
    What are you trying to protect?

    If you just want to protect your users from themselves (and help prevent malware infections), then outbound filtering is a very beneficial control.

    If you have a lot of intellectual property (i.e. source code) then it might make sense to use some form of DLP control like I covered here:
    http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/podcast/Practical-advice-for-managing-DLP-technology-effectively

    In the end, you have to determine what you need to accomplish for the business and then put the appropriate technologies in place to make it happen.
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