Identity Finder reduces the risks of data leakage and identity theft by finding forgotten or hidden sensitive information and thoroughly eradicating or protecting the data.
costs continue to decline and storage capacities grow exponentially, companies
can store every scrap of data created and received. There is a downside, as
data volumes expand and spiral out of control to the point where there is no
way to know what data is exposed and vulnerable.
Finder announced the latest version of its data-protection software on Feb. 14
at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Identity Finder reduces the risk of
data leakage and identity theft by locating and securing information,
regardless of file type and where it is located on the network, Todd Feinman,
CEO of Identity Finder, told eWEEK. In version 5.0, Identity Finder added
remote remediation capabilities for administrators to take action on users'
computers from a centralized console.
Finder searches for all files containing sensitive data, which is defined by
the IT manager, on file and e-mail servers, network databases, company Websites
and hard drives, he said. Once found, the software prompts the user to digitally
shred, redact, encrypt or quarantine the information according to corporate
policy, he said. "It's unbelievable how much information we've forgotten is on
our computers," Feinman said.
the amount of new data being stored every day and the amount of legacy data
being archived, it's "an insurmountable task" for IT administrators to know
exactly where Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers and other
personal identifying information or confidential data are stored, said Feinman.
With Identity Finder, administrators can locate all instances of these types of
information and ensure they are either removed or protected, he said. Quarantining
a file means moving it to a "safe" location, such as an encrypted file system,
according to Feinman.
employees and customers has an actual dollar cost. Hackers and identity thieves
employ increasingly sophisticated methods to gain access to private information
for personal gain, said Feinman. The Identity Theft Resource Center
nearly 33 percent increase in data breaches from 2009 to 2010. An average data
breach can cost a health care organization approximately $6.6 million, or $200
per breached record, according to a recent Ponemon Institute
unbelievable how many places hackers can find information," Feinman said,
noting that there are often several copies of a single document scattered
throughout the enterprise. For example, a document with a Social Security
number may be on a user's hard drive, in the "sent" folder on the e-mail server,
in the recipient's e-mail inbox and on the recipient's hard drive. And that's
assuming the recipient hadn't forwarded the information to anyone else, he
percent of the installed user base uses the Identity Finder client while
administrator usage generally makes up about 5 percent, Feinman said. Even so,
both the client and console has been fully updated, he said.
The client is
now more accurate, employing advanced search algorithms to reduce false
positives, performs better, with multi-core processing enabling concurrent
analysis, and can search deeper, said Identity Finder. The search capability
can locate and shred Windows shadow files and previous versions, the company
said. The client is now compatible with Lotus Notes, SharePoint and
Exchange Server, according to Identity Finder.
Console has been fully revamped with a more intuitive interface to increase
usability and customization, Feinman said. More importantly, the remote
remediation capabilities allow IT administrators to remotely perform security
actions on the user's computer, he said.
software found violations, such as credit card numbers, on the user's hard
drive, the user would be prompted and reminded to secure that data. If the user
doesn't take action, the administrator can proactively step in and take care of
it from the console, according to Feinman. The administrator can also bypass
the end-user to scan and secure the data remotely. They can also analyze data
in real time using the data filters, he said.
Finder will be generally available in early March and pricing will remain the
same with Desktop licenses starting at $19.95 each and site licenses starting
at $5,000, Feinman said. Existing users will be able to use the new auto-update
feature being rolled out to update to the new version.
about an instance when the software found nothing on a system. It turned out
the person had run the software on a brand-new computer, he said.