TITUS Classification Suite
Strengths: Unique and innovative.
Verdict: A very different way to approach an old problem. This month’s Recommended product.
Titus Classification Suite approaches data classification in a different way: By giving power back to the user while double-checking with automated analysis. The tool also looks at files in an unstructured way that allows for more flexibility than one might otherwise get from other permissions-only-based products. Titus supports Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office and Windows Desktop for its classification.
Setup was a bit longer than we would have liked, and at nearly 80 pages the deployment guide was far from the usual quick-start guide. However, once we got started, it was a relatively easy install. Titus requires Microsoft SQL Server, but, for demonstration purposes, quickly and easily installs an instance of SQL Server Express.
The Titus Administration Console was one of the cleanest interfaces we've seen. It was simple and easy to manage permissions in a unique way. Titus allows users to assign the classification of files, with suggested classification, or otherwise automatic classification based on context, key words and content. The tool looks at permissions based on an entirely unstructured format and the classifications are stored as metadata.
The solution then enforces policies at multiple levels. For instance, certain users could get a warning for classifications in emails that they could ignore or override, where other users could simply have the information redacted. Others, still, could have an email blocked altogether, and any or all of these situations could force the email to be copied to an inbox for later analysis if necessary. The controls are granular.
Titus Classification Suite can integrate with other products, including Microsoft RMS and S/MIME, to behavioral analytics tools like McAfee Data Exchange Layer (DXL). As well, the offering is tied tightly with Active Directory and Windows File Explorer. The Windows File Explorer integration is absolutely seamless. The extra right-click menu added by Titus seems like it was meant to be there all along. This is how users would be able to assign a classification to a file manually - simply two clicks away to compliance and data leakage prevention.
Titus documentation is verbose and detailed. We found everything we could have wanted to do in the documentation and screen shots or detailed diagrams. Titus Classification Suite is an absolutely massive suite of tools and the documentation was a must in this case.
Support via phone or email is free, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A customer support portal has a knowledge base and frequently-asked questions section.Titus Classification Suite is a product that approaches an old problem a new and innovative way: It could be applied to any file server without having to change the structure. But, it classifies each file at different levels and restricts permissions accordingly, with large, existing datasets. We can see this being an absolutely critical feature. While setup for the Titus Classification Suite was not as easy as we would have liked, it makes up for it and then some by providing a unique solution, handing power back to users, the data creators of your business. - Ben Jones