Dell Goes Beyond the Data to Add Identity Analysis to Integrated Data Governance Solution

DELLDell Software announced the release of Dell Quest One™ Identity Manager ─ Data Governance Edition Classification Module, the latest comprehensive solution that adds identity to the classification of unstructured data. While other solutions simply classify data, Dell’s unique integrated solution discovers and classifies all new and old unstructured data, and goes beyond the data to show who has access and how it was obtained, to improve regulatory compliance and business agility.

As unstructured data continues to grow at record rates, related risks within the organization also are increasing. The need to identify and secure this data, likewise, is growing in volume and complexity. A new enterprise survey conducted by Dell Software shows that:

  • 52 percent of respondents have experienced at least 25 percent year-over-year growth in unstructured data across their organizations
  • 63 percent stated that less than 25 percent of their organization’s data is currently classified as confidential and protected with additional security policies
  • 45 percent are not confident in the security of their organization’s classified unstructured data

The survey results show that data in many organizations is growing, yet remains unprotected, presenting a significant security risk. To limit an organization’s exposure and risk, all data ─ both structured and unstructured ─ must be protected, and that protection starts with user access.

Quest One Identity Manager and the Data Governance Edition solution set provide context around users, showing what they have access to in terms of entitlements to applications, roles within the company, and even geographical location. The integrated Classification Module adds the ability to discover and classify unstructured data contained in files and add context to that data.

Quest One Identity Manager ─ Data Governance Edition Classification Module also boosts compliance, helping the organization ensure that only the right person has access to the data. In the event of a security breach, or following an audit, the most accurate forensic information can quickly be obtained, showing exactly what the user had access to, whether any of that data was classified, who approved the access, and the last time access entitlement was reviewed.

This new offering is one more step in advancing Dell Software’s strategy to enable IT to drive connected security across the organization, offering protection both from inside and outside the company walls.

Commenting on the latest software,John Milburn, executive director, Identity and Access Management Solutions, Dell Software, said,
“Our solution’s unique capability to add identity to unstructured data can improve security, compliance and business agility. Business owners can better manage data assets when they know what’s in the data itself, and can assign a risk level for each user, depending on what other permissions the user has. The Quest One Identity Manager ─ Data Governance Edition Classification Module gives business owners insight into both the data, and the roles and responsibilities of users, so they can make informed decisions on access requests to help further reduce the organization’s exposure to risk.”