Sensitive Data Discovery

sensitive data discovery

How can you protect your sensitive data if you don’t know where it is?

Most companies know where their sensitive data is supposed to be. But in the complex world of multi-user IT environments and free-flowing data, sensitive information can migrate to and settle in unexpected places. Over time, companies can lose track of where their sensitive data is.

Shadow IT is rampant, and data breaches as well as the loss of sensitive information through carelessness or ignorance is at an all-time high. Most concerning is when sensitive data finds its way into unsecured files on desktops, laptops, other mobile devices, and other locations where data is at rest.

Sensitive Data Discovery

To handle this problem, you need a company you can trust.

Sword & Shield partners with you to provide Sensitive Data Discovery Services (SDDS) to quickly, efficiently, and discreetly identify sensitive data and how it flows throughout your organization.

SDDS identifies all personally identifiable information, payment card information, medical records, member data, corporate intellectual property and more, then determines if the proper security measures are in place to protect that information, or if it should be removed altogether.

Our Difference

Our analysts provide you with visibility into where your sensitive data flows and rests. They apply their deep knowledge of the tools they use, data governance and classification, compliance controls, the legal implications of data breaches, and overall business impact to ensure Sword & Shield delivers a service that is valuable to your business.

Sensitive Data Discovery Service ProcessSword & Shield’s SDDS is unmatched due to our thorough process:


Sword & Shield gets to know your company and how you do business by conducting discovery interviews. This helps us to determine the types of sensitive data you need to protect.

Build a Scan Package

Next, we build a scan package based on our deep knowledge of the tools we use and the information revealed during your interview.


Then, we configure and run the scan using the appropriate tools vetted, tested, and trusted by Sword & Shield.


We then collect and analyze the results based on expert application of the knowledge gained from the data discovery process.

Construct a Results Report

Our experts construct a results report, including where we found sensitive data, down to the individual file.

Review the Results

The next step is to review the results with you in depth in order to determine your appetite for risk.

Recommend Steps for Remediation 

Finally, we make recommendations for consolidating and securing your sensitive data.

Additional Services Related to Sensitive Data Discovery

As a full-service security and compliance firm, Sword & Shield offers a host of related solutions. This streamlines operations, saves you time and money, and provides consistency of quality.

In addition to the SDDS, clients may opt for these related services:

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Get in touch with us to discuss how Sword & Shield can help you find and secure your company’s sensitive data.

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Customer Focus
Rapidly growing retailer attains PCI and HIPAA compliance

A rapidly-growing retailer with more than 600 storefronts that processes a large number of credit cards for payment of services rendered involving private health information must comply with both PCI DSS and HIPAA.

However, because much of their rapid growth was a result of acquisitions, their IT department was limited in its understanding regarding where PCI and PHI data were located on the enterprise network.

Sword & Shield located the sensitive information, classified the data, and reviewed and revised policies to contain the data while allowing employees to do their jobs. This was a first step toward being compliant with PCI and HIPAA. We were also able to use the information to assist the company in creating an incident response plan (IRP) and a litigation readiness plan to reduce the overall recovery expense should the company experience a breach or find themselves in litigation.

Find All of Your Company’s Sensitive Data

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