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Listed below are various in-product settings that will help you manage data growth and enforce adequate security standards to maintain data privacy.

Privacy settings

Security and confidentiality are essential aspects to consider for reports generated during data risk assessment. These reports may contain sensitive content that must be hidden from users and technicians. Based on the rules and policies included in data discovery scans, this could be confidential data, personally identifiable information, or other sensitive data.

Most compliance regulations only require an index of locations where business-critical or sensitive personal data is stored in enterprise file storage. The detected data itself need not be included in reports.

Restricting the detected sensitive data from being stored in the database and being displayed in reports can help:

  • Enhance the privacy and security of sensitive data by making it inaccessible to technicians.
  • Optimize disk usage by not storing the exact content match in the database.

There are two components that can be excluded from reports and storage:

  • Display text: This is the set of characters preceding and succeeding the rule match content within the files.
  • Rule match content: This is the sensitive content detected in the scanned files.

To modify privacy settings, follow these steps:

  • Select Risk Analysis from the application drop-down.
  • Go to Configuration > General Settings > Scan configuration.
  • Under Privacy Settings select any one of the options listed below:
    • Exclude display text: If this is enabled, the display text will be omitted from the reports and won't be stored in the database.
    • Exclude both rule match content and display text: If this is enabled, both display and rule match content will be omitted from the reports and won't be stored in the database.

    Show both: The full data, including display text and rule match content, will be available in the reports and also stored in the database.

  • Click Save.

Confidence level settings

The confidence level is a measure of the reliability of the sensitive data found.

Setting a high confidence level to your data discovery scans helps reduce the instances of false positives and locates files with sensitive content reliably. On the other hand, setting a low confidence level will locate sensitive data of every reliability.

Configure confidence level in upcoming data discovery scans using the steps listed below:

  • Select Risk Analysis from the application drop-down.
  • Go to Configuration > Scan Configuration > General Settings.
  • In the Confidence Level drop-down, choose your desired value.

Note: DataSecurity Plus recommends choosing High in the Confidence level drop-down as it has the least false positive instances and significantly reduces disk usage.

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