SPI, the African distributor for utility software products and services to the Open Systems segment of the IT industry and the sole sub-Saharan Africa distributor for USA-based Innovative Routines (IRI), today announced that the latter’s new data masking product, DarkShield, has been named a Trend-Setting Product for 2019 by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA). This marks the fourth consecutive year that IRI software products have made this list.

The list, “DBTA Trend-Setting Products for 2019,” recognises products in the marketplace that are both innovative and effective in helping customers address evolving data challenges and opportunities. In all, 100 products were highlighted in the special December 2018 edition of Database Trends and Applications magazine, and on the DBTA website.

DBTA described DarkShield as a product that “consolidates and multi-threads the search, remediation, extraction, and reporting of sensitive data in unstructured files sitting in multiple formats and folders across a network, and provides a single, user-friendly interface to do everything at once or in scheduled steps.” IRI released the first two versions of DarkShield in 2018 and is working on the third release to address more unstructured file formats.

“Today, more than ever, businesses rely on IT to deliver a competitive edge,” remarked Thomas Hogan, Group Publisher of Database Trends and Applications. “However, it has become very difficult to sift through all the hype and identify products that produce results in the real world. We created this list to do the heavy lifting for data professionals and point out the products that are really transforming enterprise data management and analysis.”

“There is a real need for a fast, cost-effective solution to the problem of finding and securing sensitive data in application logs, documents, and images,” observed Lisa Mangino, Director of Data Software & Services at IRI. “We developed DarkShield alongside FieldShield for databases and CellShield for Excel to give governance teams the same kinds of data discovery, classification, delivery, and masking features they need in the world of dark data,” she added.

 

For more information, please contact Chris Anderson of SPI Group Pty Ltd  on 011 234 1560 or email chris@spi.co.za  or visit our website www.spi.co.za