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DBTA Names IRI DarkShield a 2019 Trend-Setting Product

PII Masking Tool for Unstructured Files a Top 100 Data Management Technology

Melbourne, FL - January 14, 2019 - Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. (, a leading provider of big data management and data-centric security software, announced that its new data masking product, DarkShield, has been named a Trend-Setting Product for 2019 by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA). This marks the fourth consecutive year that IRI software products have made the list.

The list, "DBTA Trend-Setting Products for 2019," recognizes products in the marketplace that are both innovative and effective in helping customers address evolving data challenges and opportunities. In all, 100 products were highlighted in the special December 2018 edition of Database Trends and Applications magazine, and on the DBTA website.

DBTA described DarkShield as a product that “consolidates and multi-threads the search, remediation, extraction, and reporting of sensitive data in unstructured files sitting in multiple formats and folders across a network, and provides a single, user-friendly interface to do everything at once or in scheduled steps.” IRI released the first two versions of DarkShield in 2018, and is working on the third release to address more unstructured file formats.

"Today, more than ever, businesses rely on IT to deliver a competitive edge," remarked Thomas Hogan, Group Publisher of Database Trends and Applications. "However, it has become very difficult to sift through all the hype and identify products that produce results in the real world. We created this list to do the heavy lifting for data professionals and point out the products that are really transforming enterprise data management and analysis."

"There is a real need for a fast, cost-effective solution to the problem of finding and securing sensitive data in application logs, documents, and images," observed Lisa Mangino, Director of Data Software & Services at IRI. “We developed DarkShield alongside FieldShield for databases and CellShield for Excel to give governance teams the same kinds of data discovery, classification, delivery, and masking features they need in the world of dark data,” she added.

About Database Trends and Applications

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA), published by Information Today, Inc., is a bimonthly magazine delivering advanced trends analysis and case studies in information management developed by a team with 25 years of market coverage experience. Visit for subscription information. DBTA also delivers groundbreaking research of unparalleled depth and foresight exclusively through its Unisphere Research group.

About IRI, The CoSort Company

IRI is a leading US data management and protection ISV founded in 1978 and represented in 40 cities worldwide. IRI’s uniquely fast and versatile data manipulation engines -- and its free Eclipse job design environment -- provide uniquely price-performant and versatile data lifecycle solution software for big data and BI/DW architects, data security and governance officers, DBAs, and developers. Visit for more information.

Press inquiries to:
Craig Schein (
IRI, The CoSort Company
+1 800-333-SORT, ext. 229

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