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Stealthbits ProTip: StealthAUDIT’s Sensitive Data Discovery for Compliance

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With compliance standards driving more and more organizations to directly tag their data, StealthAUDIT’s Sensitive Data Discovery allows you to easily locate and understand the data that was important enough to tag in the first place.

The configuration for sensitive data discovery is located within the Criteria Editor.  To get there navigate the Job Tree to the 1-SEEK System Scans job located in Jobs > FileSystem > 0.Collection.  Open the Query Properties as shown below:

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From here, select SDD Audit Criteria Settings and then the Edit button to open the Criteria Editor:

SDD Audit Criteria Settings, Data discovery, sensitive data

Now we can setup our custom Keyword Criteria using the Add (+) button in the top left.

sensitive data keyword, sensitive data keyword criteria

Now I want to select a set of word typically associated with Sensitive Data Tags like:

  • top secret, secret, confidential, restricted, protect, unclassified, private, official, clearance, classified, sensitive, controlled

These words are commonly associated to sensitive data and can easily be copy/pasted into the criteria editor. Or you can configure with your own distinct keywords.

Sensitive Data Keyword, Keyword Tagging

*Note: Here I have set the Criteria to only analyze File Metadata, selected in red.  If you set the SEEK scan with only this criteria, it will run faster as it is only scanning metadata and not the contents itself.

Now not only will you be able to view any and all tags with our standard File System Access Audit Scans:

sensitive data discovery tag, keyword tag, sensitive data tag,

But, you can now isolate the files with the critical tags that are most important to you and your organization:

sensitive data, sensitive data files, data details

*Note: Now these files are treated as sensitive and will be highlighted with additional information such as openness, highlighted in yellow.

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