Boldon James File Classifier puts file classification labelling at the heart of data loss prevention by giving users the ability to apply relevant metadata labels to any file held in Windows® file store. This metadata can then be used to provide consistent control over the dissemination of that information - increasing the effectiveness of data loss prevention measures and meeting key objectives of ISO27001.
File Classifier integrates into Windows File Explorer enabling a user to classify a file using the familiar right-click menu. The classification interface clearly displays the current label and allows the user to choose a new label.
File Classifier applies hidden metadata labels to files. Windows® File Explorer can show this label information for most documents as a standard property column, otherwise an icon overlay will provide the user with a visual reminder that the file is labelled. Administrators can configure the use of standard document properties for labelling as part of the labelling policy. The use of alternate overlay icons can also be supported in order to tailor the visual experience.
File Classifier follows the labelling scheme established for the other desktop Classifier products. As such the choice of label elements and their values is configured by the Administrator. In this way the labelling performed by a user is always consistent with the policy defined for that user and different labelling policies can be applied to groups and departments in order to best fit the needs of the business.
File Classifier either applies native metadata labels using document properties, in the same manner as Office Classifier, or uses a metadata location common to all Windows files. Labelling using this hidden metadata is completely transparent to the other applications that use these files.