How to Identify Personal Data in the 21st Century

Cole PrudenData Discovery, Personal Data, Sensitive Information

Personal data comes in many shapes and sizes. As business owners, company employees, and internet consumers, it’s our job to know what personal data is and how to locate and protect it. But now that the new millennium is well on its way, is there any new technology out there that can help? Where to Get Started? Step one is … Read More

Learning the Difference Between Data Privacy and Data Security

Martin JanoušekData Privacy Regulations, Personal Data, Personal Data Protection

Companies often believe that by securing their sensitive data, they automatically comply with the requirements of various data privacy regulations (GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, etc.). Unfortunately, this is not the case. Let’s take a look at these two terms to understand the difference and make sure you adhere to both. It’s a bad habit to treat data security and data privacy … Read More

What Are Sensitive Data Discovery Tools and How Do They Work?

Cole PrudenData Discovery, Personal Data, Real-Time Automation

With technology progressing and changing every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the times. As a business, however, falling behind can mean letting important (and legally binding) information fall through the cracks, disappointing customers and losing the trust of business partners. This is where sensitive data discovery tools come into play. But what exactly are they … Read More

Detect person names in text: Part 2 (Technical)

Jan ProcházkaDeep Learning, Personal Data, Whitepaper

Neural network architecture

In Detect Person Names in Text: Part 1 (Results), we benchmarked our new named entity recognizer (NER) against popular open source alternatives, such as Stanford NER, Stanza and SpaCy. Today we dig a little deeper into the NER architecture and technical details. First, recall our main NER objectives. In short, we require our NER to be practical, rather than just … Read More

Detect person names in text: Part 1 (Results)

Jan ProcházkaDeep Learning, Personal Data, Whitepaper

F1 scores for different software doing personal name detection.

Detecting people’s names is part and parcel of PII discovery. Traditional techniques like regexps and keywords don’t work, because the set of all names is too varied. How do open source Named Entity Recognition (NER) engines compare, and can we do better? This Part 1 has NER results and benchmarks. There’s also Part 2 with technical neural network details. Developing … Read More

How to evaluate PII discovery software

RadimDeep Learning, Personal Data

So, you’re considering buying software for discovery of PII / PCI / PHI. Or about to start your trial of PII Tools. How to test discovery SW properly? Don’ts: Careful what you test for Consider the following “passport”: Why won’t PII Tools detect the “PII” in this passport scan? This is an actual file submitted to our support team during … Read More

Finding Affected Persons in a Data Breach

RadimData breach, Personal Data

There was a data breach, the clock starts ticking. The dataset is large. How do you quickly determine who’s affected and how? Who’s Data Was Breached? Manual discovery of sensitive information is tedious and costly, so automated solutions like PII Tools come in handy. In its latest 3.7.0 release, we implemented new features in PII Tools to support breach workflows. … Read More

Exclude PII / PCI / PHI From a Breach Report

RadimData breach, Personal Data

When responding to a breach incident, having a clear idea who’s affected and how is a matter of urgency. Manual discovery of PII information is tedious and costly, so automated solutions come in handy. But how to deal with false positives? PII Exclusions One typical task during a data review is removing unwanted data instances. PII Tools already automates PII … Read More

Scanning Office 365 for sensitive PII information

RadimPersonal Data, Security

PII Tools has been able to analyze PII in Windows file shares and workstations for a while now. The new #1 request has been to discover personal & sensitive data inside Office 365 accounts (Sharepoint Online, Exchange Online, OneDrive). Office 365 storages can be scanned using either the web dashboard, or REST API for automation. Since we listen to our … Read More