Dig Security, a startup Israeli cloud data security provider, has added support for optical character recognition (OCR) to its flagship data security platform.
The added support enables Dig's customers to detect sensitive customer data in image files, such as passports and driver’s licenses stored in the cloud, the company said in a prepared statement.
Dig Eyes Innovative Approach to OCR
The supplemental capabilities are important because as enterprises increasingly collect and store data in image files unless they can map all the sensitive data it remains vulnerable to compromise by hackers, according to Dig. As such, Dig claims its data security posture management (DSPM) platform is the only one in the market with critical OCR capabilities.
Dig also said that its platform is the industry's first and only solution to combine DSPM, data loss prevention (DLP), and data detection and response (DDR) capabilities into a single solution.
What Dig's Platform Offers
Here are some features of Dig’s platform:
- Dig’s agentless platform runs within the customer’s cloud account and continuously scans cloud object storage for new and historical files.
- When relevant files are found, Dig uses OCR technology to convert scanned paper documents, PDF files, or digital images into searchable data. It then detects sensitive data such as PII, credit cards, and compliance-related records.
- Dig classifies the data and provides a visual view of the relevant bucket or database where the images are stored – along with associated records, lineage, and permissions.
- Dig applies contextual threat modeling and risk analysis, alerting security teams in situations where sensitive data is at significant risk of exposure.
- Once detected and classified, Dig uses DDR to continuously monitor files containing sensitive data. It then alerts security teams in real time when such data is exposed (e.g., by being moved into a publicly-accessible bucket).
Today’s enterprises need OCR capabilities and cannot rely on discovery and classification of text files alone, said Dan Benjamin, Dig co-founder and chief executive. As he explained:
“There is an overwhelming amount of sensitive data in image files, and data left unprotected and unmonitored increases the risk of data exfiltration and breaches. We are proud to offer the industry’s only DSPM platform with OCR, providing our customers with holistic data security.”
Pandemic Accelerates Innovation at Dig
Interestingly, the accelerated pace of digital transformation during the Covid-19 pandemic helped propel Dig’s platform enhancement. The new OCR capabilities enable Dig customers to identify sensitive data hidden in image files and move it to a secure environment, the company said.
Dig is backed by $45 million in venture capital, including a round of $34 million in September, 2022. Investors in the company include Felicis Ventures LLC, Okta Ventures, Team8 Solutions LLC, CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. (via its Falcon Fund), CyberArk Software Ltd. and Merline Ventures, according to Crunchbase.
Last month, Dig announced it had received a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures.