Clearswift bets on adaptive redaction technology

Clearswift is betting on adaptive redaction to secure best-of-breed rating in content-aware data loss prevention

Clearswift is not looking to be all things to all people, but the best-of-breed provider of a content-aware data loss prevention capability.

In a strategic play over the past 18 months, the company has moved from external threat management to a niche focus on content-aware data loss prevention (DLP) based on its core content inspection capability.

The key differentiator that Clearswift is betting on is its adaptive redaction technology that enables organisations of all sizes to set single central policies for controlling unstructured data.

Through the acquisition of DLP supplier Jedda Systems, Clearswift now offers what it claims is the unique capability to redact, block or encrypt email messages or documents based on content and context.

“We have now fully rounded off our network deep content inspection, encryption and DLP capabilities and extended to include various endpoint devices,” said Guy Bunker, chief technology officer at Clearswift.

“Affordability for smaller companies needing to comply with coming data protection legislation and ease of use were two of the main drivers in developing the product,” he told Computer Weekly.

Another key objective was to provide as much data loss protection with as little impact on work processes as possible.

After nine months of integration work, Clearswift has launched what it claims is the first content DLP product with adaptive redaction technology.

“We have taken this long to ensure that the Jedda IP is thoroughly integrated,” said Heath Davies, chief executive at Clearswift.

“It was vital for us that we got as close as possible to a product that was built from the ground up and that we did not end up with a bag of bits,” he told Computer Weekly.

The Critical Information Protection (CIP) Management Server and Agent is designed to be a vital element of a layered security approach for businesses, as well as being an integral part of Clearswift’s DLP suite.

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The product is designed to enable secure collaboration by applying centralised information management policies that cover the endpoint, including removable media.

The CIP Management Server integrates with Clearswift’s web and email gateways, as well as third-party security information and event management (SIEM) systems, to minimise data breaches.

“The endpoint is a key focus area for our information governance cyber security strategy,” said Davies.

"Our team has worked hard to ensure that we have a comprehensive content-aware DLP suite that enhances our CIP systems, as well as setting it apart from the competition,” he said.

Fran Howarth, senior research manager at Bloor Research, said always-on, real-time communications across multiple devices are essential for today’s digitally savvy workforce.

“Organisations need to facilitate such communications and collaborations across all channels whilst ensuring that critical information and IP assets are adequately protected,” she said.

According to Howarth, Clearswift’s extension to its DLP capabilities answers such needs by providing secure information exchange and policy enforcement across all channels.

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