Proactively permitting sensitive content

Not all locations with sensitive content pose a risk as some of them may be intended to have such content. For example, a Human Resources folder is likely to contain Social Security Numbers of company employees as it is the most relevant location for such content. You can tell Egnyte Protect in advance to permit sensitive content in such locations.

For every Egnyte Connect source, you can specify the folder hierarchies that are permitted to contain certain types of sensitive content.

1) Go to the Content Sources settings page for the Egnyte Connect source and then to the section titled “PERMITTED SENSITIVE CONTENT LOCATIONS”.


2) Click on the “No folders permitted” button in the section to start permitting sensitive content. You’ll be directed to a pane summarizing the permitted folders in the source. Every active classification policy (both built-in and custom policies) will have a row in this pane.


3) Click on the “Edit folders” button in a policy’s row, which opens a dialog for permitting content matching that specific policy. For example, clicking on the PCI-DSS policy’s button will open a dialog to permit PCI-DSS content in the source.


4) Every folder in the dialog has a checkbox next to it, which indicates the permissions for the folder and its subfolders to contain sensitive content. When the checkbox in the dialog has a “-” state, it implies that the folder and its sub-folders have different permissions for sensitive content matching the policy.

5)  A folder and all its sub-folders can easily be permitted to contain sensitive content matching the policy from this dialog.

For example, if you would like to permit the entire Finance folder tree to contain PCI-DSS content, simply toggle the checkbox next to the Finance folder and save your change. The folder and every one of its sub-folders will be automatically permitted to contain PCI-DSS content. Even if any Finance sub-folder was previously unpermitted to contain PCI-DSS content, its settings will be overridden by your latest change for the Finance folder.


6) Your permission changes for sensitive content in this dialog will also be reflected immediately in the Sensitive Content tab. For example, if PCI-DSS content was previously identified in a Finance sub-folder, it would have a row in the Sensitive Content tab’s location list. If you click on that row now, you can see in the Details pane that PCI-DSS has been permitted in that sub-folder.

7) You can also unpermit sensitive content in just a folder from the Sensitive Content tab and see the change reflected in this dialog. In the above example, if you unpermit the sub-folder to contain PCI-DSS content, the dialog for the PCI-DSS policy will immediately reflect your selection.

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