Importing, Exporting, and Copying DLP Rules

Administrators can import previously defined rules (contained in a properly formatted .dat file) or export the list of configured DLP rules. Copying a DLP rule allows an administrator to modify the contents of a previously defined rule to save time.

The following table describes how each function works.

Table 1. Import, Export, and Copy Functions for DLP Rules




Importing a rule list appends non-existing rules to the existing DLP rule list. Data Loss Prevention skips rules that already exist in the target list. Data Loss Prevention maintains all pre-configured settings for each rule, including the enabled or disabled status.


Exporting a rule list exports the entire list to a .dat file that administrators can then import and deploy to other domains or agents. Data Loss Prevention saves all rule settings based on the current configuration.

  • Administrators must save or apply any new or modified rules before exporting the list.

  • Data Loss Prevention does not export any exceptions configured for the policy, only the settings configured for each rule.


Copying a rule creates an exact replica of the current configuration settings for the rule. Administrators must type a new name for the rule and can make any configuration modifications necessary for the new rule.