PKWARE and Boldon James: Find It, Classify It, and Encrypt It

The rising epidemic of data breaches, the evolution of internal and external cyber threats, and increasingly demanding privacy regulations have put pressure on companies around the world to become more proactive about protecting sensitive information against loss, theft, and misuse.

For many organizations, a proactive approach to information security means establishing data governance policies and creating an operational framework for encryption. Strong data encryption is the best way to secure data while allowing the right people to access it, and has become a must-have component of information security in the eyes of consumers, government regulators, and corporate boards. But encryption alone is rarely a complete solution.

A successful data protection strategy includes not only encryption but also data classification and data discovery. These technologies are irrevocably interwoven with encryption and are frequently mentioned together in recommendations from security experts and industry analysts. But why are they so interdependent?

A three-piece puzzle

In order for companies to apply security mechanisms for protecting their sensitive information, whether they use tools like encryption, DLP, or other remediation actions such as deleting, tracking, quarantining, or reporting events, they need to know what kind of sensitive data they have and where it is located. That’s where data classification and discovery come in— classification allows organizations to tag files with metadata indicating what kind of information the files contain, while discovery provides insight into the location and quantity of sensitive data.

For every piece of data, companies need to understand the level of importance to business (which determines the security mechanism to be used) and identify the business and IT owners (which determines who has access to the information). Coordinating these functions with the security mechanisms themselves, however, often proves so challenging that organizations’ security strategies never make it off the page and into reality.

A solution that makes sense

In our recent post, Data Discovery and Why It Matters, we discussed why it makes sense to integrate data discovery with encryption. With the recent launch of Smartcrypt Data Discovery, organizations now have the ability to find sensitive information and secure it without the need for multiple products for discovery and encryption.

Today, we are excited to announce that PKWARE has partnered with Boldon James, the world leader in data classification to offer an integrated set of discovery, classification, and remediation products that combine these capabilities in one simple workflow.

PKWARE’s Smartcrypt and Boldon James Classifier integrate seamlessly to discover sensitive data, classify those files, and apply remediation — including strong encryption — in one automated workflow. Smartcrypt Data Discovery recognizes Boldon James’ labels in addition to looking for credit card numbers, industry-regulated information, or other sensitive data found within files. These insights can help users make more informed data classification decisions.

The integrated PKWARE and Boldon James solution is available today. Whether you’re a new customer interested in this integrated solution or an existing PKWARE or Boldon James customer who wants to add enhanced functionality, download the datasheet or contact sales today.

Matt Little

Matt Little

Matt is a technologist at heart and has more than a decade of experience in the IT industry. In his role as Chief Product Officer, Matt oversees planning, development and lifecycle management for next generation PKWARE offerings including Viivo and vZip. Matt also plays a critical role in setting and driving product strategy and go-to-market activities for these products.

Prior to his current role, Matt held jobs as VP Product Development, MIS/IT Director and IT Manager for PKWARE. Prior to PKWARE, Matt worked for Compuware and Johnson Controls. Matt graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Computer Science.

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Joe Linscott

Joe Linscott

Joe started his career at PKWARE as a quality engineer intern. After he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in computer science, Joe transitioned into his current position as a Business Analyst. In this role, Joe conducts market and competitive analyses, creates technical messaging for sales tools and product launches, and engages with the engineering, marketing and sales teams on go-to-market strategies.

Prior to joining PKWARE, Joe held positions at Server Products and Badger Mutual Insurance.