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IRI DarkShield Secures Private Information in Unstructured Data Sources

FieldShield Spin-Off Expands PII Discovery & Redaction to Documents

Melbourne, FL - July 15, 2018 - Innovative Routines International (IRI, The CoSort Company), has just released breakthrough data security software for finding and masking personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data in unstructured text sources, including application and chat logs, Microsoft documents, and .pdf files. IRI’s new "DarkShield" product joins IRI Data Protector suite tools like IRI FieldShield and IRI CellShield EE which discover and mask PII in structured sources like flat-files, databases, and Excel spreadsheets.

DarkShield is designed for data collectors and processors of PII in "dark data" repositories, where most corporate information assets are held. Where they are subject to data breaches and privacy laws, PII within them must be located, anonymized, removed, or extracted for analysis or "portability." DarkShield software supports all those activities, and allows CISOs and data governance teams to structure, classify, and audit data in unmasked or masked condition.

According to IRI software engineer Dmitry Kulakov, "DarkShield logically extends the user interface and capabilities of IRI's long-proven Dark Data Discovery” (DDD) wizard in IRI Workbench." IRI Workbench is the free data marshalling, metadata management, and job design IDE built on Eclipse for use with IRI's broad range of data management products.

DarkShield leverages the wizard's LAN-wide pattern search and forensic metadata production features. "In this same graphical front-end, a DarkShield user can simultaneously shield, extract, and report on found data in many files, and directories, at once. They'll eventually be able to use DarkSheld to also effect PII opacity in OCR and other image files, plus audio/video, compressed documents, and additional custom, binary formats," Kulakov predicted.

Like FieldShield, DarkShield can be licensed as a capital expense in a standalone product for perpetual use, or as an operational expense within an IRI Voracity platform subscription. Pricing for the standalone tool is based on document volume, while Voracity price tiers only consider the number of back-end licenses. Voracity also includes other data discovery facilities, plus fast data integration (ETL), migration, governance, and analytic/wrangling for a range of conventional and modern "big" data sources.

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 solution software for big data and BI/DW architects, data security and governance officers, DBAs, and developers. Visit for more information.

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