A new way to secure all those Excel spreadsheets

A new way to secure all those Excel spreadsheets

Agencies looking to automate privacy compliance in Excel spreadsheets now have a tool available for masking personally identifiable information at rest in Excel 2010 and 2013 spreadsheets across the network.

CellShield Enterprise Edition automates the discovery, reporting, masking and auditing of PII in every Excel spreadsheet shared on a network. According to Innovative Routines International, the company behind the software, CellShield EE uses a data discovery and remediation tool to find PII, protect it at the source and provide an audit trail.

CellShield EE finds data in Excel spreadsheets that match specified patterns and structures and then reports on the locations of cell ranges and presents them for ad hoc or bulk masking, encryption and pseudonymization in a central action worksheet. Details on every protection (or restoration) action taken are written automatically into the audit column.

This combination of interoperability, unity, and selectivity, IRI Software Engineer Ronald Pekarchik said, “mitigates the risk of data breaches and synchronization problems.”

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