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Data auditing and policy enforcement reduces reputational risk

Guidance Software : 13 May, 2008  (Technical Article)
Forensic quality data cleansing tool removes risks of non-active data and ensures compliance.
Guidance Software has announced the release of EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement, a software solution that enables organisations to proactively audit and remediate highly-sensitive data-at-rest residing on desktops, laptops, file servers and email servers across the network. The solution is truly unique because it makes use of EnCase technology to scale across an entire global network, rapidly scan endpoints with disk-level access, and remediate sensitive data in a forensically sound manner by wiping it, moving or copying it to a secure location, or bookmarking its location for an investigation, litigation or other subsequent action.

"The market for information protection and control has been fueled by the growing number of information-intensive industry and government regulations that require organisations to protect the integrity of customer and employee personal information and corporate digital assets," said Brian Burke, Program Director of Security Products and Services at IDC. "Moreover, a series of high-profile incidents in which customer records, confidential information, and intellectual property were leaked has created an explosive demand for solutions that protect against the deliberate or inadvertent release of sensitive information."

EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement gives organisations the ability to discover, protect and control sensitive data-at-rest across the network. It addresses the need to enforce regulatory compliance mandates and ensure that personally identifiable information (PII), payment card industry (PCI) data, intellectual property and other company-confidential information remains in authorised areas of the network. The solution is based on EnCase technology already in use across government networks, where agencies have used it successfully to search for, identify and remediate classified data leaked onto unclassified networks.

EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement is complementary to data loss prevention (DLP) solutions because it uniquely addresses data-at-rest by using the targeted search and forensically-sound remediation capabilities of EnCase, unlike content monitoring and filtering products that focus on network data-in-motion. These advanced search capabilities allow organisations to search files on desktops, laptops, and file servers, as well as emails on email servers, using specific criteria such as file type, file signature, keywords, metadata, hash values and more.

'Understanding where sensitive data resides on the network is a key concern for organisations today," said Victor Limongelli, President and CEO, Guidance Software. "EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement's powerful audit and remediation capabilities give organizations the assurance that they are doing everything in their power to comply with regulations and policies, safeguard customer, employee and company data, and mitigate legal exposures and reputational risks."

EnCase Data Audit and Policy Enforcement is available immediately.
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