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Got Dark Data?

It's estimated that between 80 and 90% of collected or generated corporate and government data remain hidden in unstructured files, or so-called dark data repositories. To mitigate the legal, financial, and reputational risk of exposing personally identifiable information (PII) in these often obscure files, and to comply with data privacy laws like the GDPR, you need a way to rapidly locate and secure the PII in them.

DarkShield Unstructured Data Masking Software from IRI, The CoSort Company

From the makers of the award-winning IRI FieldShield and CellShield data masking software in the IRI Data Protector suite and IRI Voracity platform comes IRI DarkShield, a new sister product for the discovery, delivery, and de-identification of PII and other of sensitive data in unstructured files.

IRI DarkShield represents a breakthrough in data-centric security technology in performance, usability, and commercial terms. Specifically, DarkShield consolidates and multi-threads the search, remediation, extraction, and reporting of sensitive data in unstructured files sitting in multiple formats and folders on your network. DarkShield combines the best of IRI data masking, Eclipse™, and proven security functions to provide a single, user-friendly interface to do everything at once or in scheduled steps. And, as usual, IRI makes this robust solution affordable through flexible licensing options based on source volume, license duration and other features needed.

What DarkShield Does

A magnifying glass Search
An extraction icon Extract
An icon showing text being redacted Redact
a checkmark icon Audit


Search multi-threaded through dark data repositories system- or LAN-wide (via SMB) to ensure that data you're concerned about, or values you're specifically looking for, are found. Define your data classes and masking rules, and match them with three different search techniques: 1) RegEx patterns, 2) look-up set value matches, 3) NLP models you can rapidly train to recognize named entities (NER).

You can reuse and share your data classes, search criteria, set files, and rule matchers in project or cloud repositories. And, because DarkShield runs in IRI Workbench alongside other IRI and Eclipse tools, you can do many other things with your DarkShield search results; see Extract next.

Dark Data Discovery Wizard


Generate the results of your search in a flat file that also contains forensically useful metadata attendant to each file containing the values you searched for. The search report can be used for e-discovery and delivery to EU citizens requesting "data portability" or for deletion proof where you are granting their "right to be forgotten" from these repositories.

If you license DarkShield as part of an IRI Voracity data management platform subscription, you can further manipulate and manage this data in ETL, analytic, and notification work flows.

DarkShield Extraction


Apply width-preserving or other static data masking functions, including:
● Format-preserving (or not) encryption
● Lookup pseudonymization
● Redaction / obfuscation
● String manipulation
● Bit scrambling
● Encoding
● Hashing
to de-identify sensitive information and comply with data privacy laws. The files are visually identical to their unmasked counterparts, except for the masked strings. You can also write output to the same-named files in cloned directory trees to ease the reconciliation process.

DarkShield redaction samples


Easily query, analyze, and format the results of the search and mask operation through built-in reporting functionality, or visualize them. Right click on the results file to display information about the discovered (and masked) data in an interactive dashboard (below). You can send this data to your SIEM/SOC tool, build custom 2D reports from it in Voracity, or graph the data in another data visualization tool like BIRT, which shares API-level integration in Eclipse with DarkShield, Voracity, and other IRI data management and masking tools.

DarkShield generates a report of all the values found, along with accompanying file metadata. Overall job status in progress is reported through a real-time progress bar. It creates metadata for use in log query and reporting operations.

DarkShield redaction report

DarkShield File Types

Currently Supported

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*Excel data is masked with IRI CellShield

In Development

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We can already find PII in .DOC/.DOCX, .PPT/.PPTX, .OST, and .PST, and are working on automatic remediation in those formats, too.

Next up: OCR/image files, audio/visual, and more...

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Platforms & Licensing

IRI DarkShield requires at least 1 copy of the IRI Workbench IDE, built on Eclipse™. You can run IRI Workbench on any Windows, Linux, or MacOS Sierra PC or workstation with 64-bit JRE 1.8.

IRI DarkShield can be licensed in any one of three different ways:

  1. Standalone, for perpetual use, between USD $3500 and $35K, depnding on work volume.
  2. Bundled and discounted with one or more other perpetual use IRI Data Protector or IRI Data Manager suite products. Perpetual use licenses include the first year of support.
  3. Leased for 1-5 years within an IRI Voracity data management platform subscription, which includes support.
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