About Data Control

Applies To: WatchGuard Data Control

WatchGuard Data Control is an optional module available with WatchGuard EPDR and WatchGuard EDR licenses. It is only available for select European countries. For more information, see Data Control Supported Countries.

Data Control aids compliance with data protection regulations and help you to see and monitor Personally Identifiable Information (PII) stored in your IT infrastructure. It includes three key features:

  • Generates a complete, daily inventory of the files with PII found on the network and provides information such as file name and extension as well as the name of the computer where the file was detected. For more information, see Data Control Dashboard.
  • Discovers, audits, and monitors the lifecycle of files with PII in real time — from data at rest to data in use (the operations taken on data with PII) and data in motion (data exfiltration). For more information, see About Data Control Indexing.
    • Monitors the lifecycle of files with sensitive information through user defined rules. For sensitive information such as confidential files and intellectual property, Data Control does not create an inventory as it does for PII.

  • Provides tools to find and delete duplicate personal data files and limit their presence across the network. For more information, see About Data Control Search.

Supported Data Types

Data Control identifies these data types as PII:

  • Bank account number
  • Credit card number
  • Personal ID number
  • IP address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Passport number
  • Social security number
  • First and last names
  • Postal address and ZIP or postal code

Supported Program Extensions

This table lists the products and file extensions that Data Control searches for data with PII.

Suite Product Extension

Microsoft Office

Word

.DOC

.DOT

.DOCX

.DOCM

.RTF

Excel

.XLS

.XLSM

.XLSX

.XLSB

.CSV

PowerPoint

.PPT

.PPS

.PPSX

.PPSM

.SLDX

.SLDM

.POTX

.PPTM

.PPTX

.POTM

OpenOffice

Writer

.ODM

.ODT

.OTT

.OXT

.STW

.SXG

.SXW

Draw

.ODG

.OTG

.STD

Math

.ODF

.SXM

Base

.ODB

Impress

.OTP

.ODP

.STI

.SXI

 

Calc

.OTS

.ODS

.SXC

Plain text

 

.TXT

Web browsers

Internet Explorer

Chrome

Opera

Other

.HTM

.HTML

.MHT

.OTH

Email clients

Outlook

Outlook Express

.EML

Other

Adobe Acrobat Reader

.PDF

Extensible Markup Language

.XML

Contribute

.STC

ArcGIS Desktop

.SXD

Supported Packers and Compressors

This table lists file compressors, packers, or algorithms that Data Control searches for data with PII, as well as the supported file extension:

Name Extension

7-ZIP

7Z

bzip2

BZ2

gzip

GZ

BinHex

HQX

LHARC

LHA

LZH

Lempel-Ziv & Haruyasu

LZH

Lempel–Ziv–Oberhumer / lzop

LZO

Multi-Purpose Internet Mail

MME

Lotus Notes Traveler

NTS

WinRAR

RAR

Tar

TAR

Tar & Gzip

TGZ

Uuencode

UU

UUE

XXEncoding

XX

XXE

PKZIP / PKWARE

ZIP

See Also

Data Control Requirements

Data Control Supported Countries

About Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in Data Control