Activate enables an enterprise to monitor data for personal and sensitive content across the enterprise and to handle end-user access requests for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
How Does It Work?
Activate can help you perform the following operations:
Identify Sensitive Content In Your Data
Activate uses a content indexing engine, called the Index Server, and a data analysis engine, called the Content Analyzer, to crawl sources of data in your enterprise and identify sensitive content. You can then use the features of Activate to perform tasks for risk monitoring and fulfilling end-user access requests.
Monitor and Assess Risk Across Your Enterprise
Administrators and compliance stakeholders in your organization can use the reports and dashboards from your analyzed data to assess the levels of risk across your enterprise. For example, use Activate to discover which documents contain content that should be encrypted and identify where those files are located.
Process End-User Access Requests for GDPR
If your organization is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), compliance stakeholders can create and manage the workflow for collecting end-user personal data, reviewing and approving documents, and deleting or exporting the data to the end-user.
Activate allow you to crawl data sources in your environment and perform the following tasks:
Identify sensitive content - such as personal identification numbers, email addresses, and other customizable entity types - in the data.
Monitor data sources for potential risks using Activate dashboards.
Analyze and mitigate risks in your environment before end-user access requests.
Handle end-user access requests with a managed workflow that supports redaction and requests to delete or export end-user data.
The Activate feature is comprised of the following application.
The Inventory Manager application connects Activate to computers and domains in your environment, called inventories. Inventories are the starting points for crawling and analyzing data for sensitive content.
Sensitive Data Governance
The Sensitive Data Governance application enables you to define sets of data sources from your inventories. These sets of data sources, called projects, are used to specify data sources to fulfill end-user access request.
The Request Manager application enables you to handle end-user access requests to export or delete personal data from your enterprise, with the option to redact sensitive information. Request Manager also enables you to define the individuals who are responsible for reviewing documents collected in the request.
The Entity Manager application enables you to manage the different types of personally identifiable information (PII) that Activate can identify while analyzing content. There are many types of PII, also called entities, that are built-in to the software. You can also create more specific entities from existing ones, or create completely custom entities with regular expressions.
Getting Started with Activate
If you are setting up Activate for the first time, see Getting Started with Activate.
If Activate is already setup for you, and you want more information about how to use Activate, see the following topics:
To monitor the data in your environment for potential areas of risk, see Monitoring Data and Assessing Risk in Your Enterprise.
To process user access requests (UAR) for exporting or deleting users' personal data, see Processing End-user Subject Access Requests.
The following terms are used with Activate:
A logical group of one or more servers or domains from your CommCell environment to use with Activate. Inventories are containers for different sources of end-user data based on your business needs.
The servers from your CommCell environment that are the sources for discovering end-user data with Activate. You can add individual servers as assets, or add all of the servers from a domain as assets to an inventory.
A subset of assets from an inventory that you can use to monitor or process end-user requests.
A specific location on an asset that you want to include for discovery and compliance tasks. For example, file system data sources can be an entire server, a directory on the server, or even an individual file.
An end-user request for PII in your data sources. The request can either be for an export of the data you control that includes PII for the end-user, or deletion of the data with PII from your data sources.
A user in your organization who can view and approve each document that is identified as having PII as part of a data request.
A user in your organization who can approve the entire request. The request operation (either export or delete end-user data) is only performed after all approvers approve the request.
Entities are categories of PII that you can discover in your data sources with Activate. Many common types of PII, such as social security numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses, are built-in to Activate. You can also define new entity types using custom regular expressions.
Keywords are words that must be in close proximity to a matched entity for the match to be considered legitimate. Keywords are helpful to create specific entity types for custom entities, or entities that inherit from the built-in entity types.
Sensitivity is a rating that indicates how important or sensitive the type of information is. Sensitivity levels range from Moderate to Critical.