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Symantec adds Data Insight to tackle unstructured data

Symantec Data Insight technology will help find owners of unstructured data

Identifying unstructured data can help reduce data loss and cut storage costs, says Karam.
Identifying unstructured data can help reduce data loss and cut storage costs, says Karam.

Symantec has launched a new solution to investigate unstructured data and establish ownership, to help companies to better manage the burden of unstructured business data.

The Data Insight will be integrated into Symantec's portfolio of security and storage products, coming available in the middle of this year.

Johnny Karam, regional director,  MENA, Symantec, commented: "Unstructured critical data continues to be problematic to manage and secure. By classifying this data and assigning ownership, information loss can be prevented, and storage costs and data usage can be optimized."

Data Insight works by finding files that are openly accessible through querying enterprise storage systems, and then determining who has modified or accessed those files. Admins can then use the access and usage data to determine who needs to access the data, and set rules-base access privileges. The system can also be configured to alert the owner of the data if the files are accessed or modified.

“As always, the driving consideration for implementing this technology has been to control costs – the cost to a company’s reputation if data is lost; and the cost of storing unstructured data in expensive storage arrays because the company cannot establish which information is critical and which is not,” said Karam. “Data Insight will provide the necessary functions of automated discovery, ownership attribution and management to lower these costs and at the same time boost information security.”