With the inclusion of a new File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) system in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has significantly improved the ability IT organizations have to limit access to files. But what needs to happen next is for providers of policy management engines to add support for Microsoft's approach to identify files with sensitive data in them.
StoredIQ has announced support for FCI in its Intelligent Information Management Platforn, which provides an overlay for managing the compliance requirements of files stored in file systems, e-mail systems and document management systems.
According to StoredIQ CTO Keith Zoellner, FCI advances the state of compliance by allowing IT organizations to write rules and associate tags with specific files that identify what type of information is stored in them. By adding support for FCI, Zoellner says that StoredIQ is leveraging the Microsoft technology to enhance the compliance capabilities of its platform.
As compliance requirements and the level of sophistication associated with e-discovery continues to increase, IT organizations will find that claiming they can't find a particular file isno longer going to be a valid excuse either internally or in a court of law.