With the new version, 3.9, Classifier has become really helpful. It checks my emails and documents and can recommend a classification based on what I’ve written or other factors such as the presence of external recipients in an email. I can accept the recommendation or go back to the document and remove the sensitive text. And it’s not intrusive, it doesn’t interrupt my typing, instead it pops up advice when I go to save a document or send an email. And of course if none of the conditions are triggered then I’m free to apply a classification of my choosing. It really helps me to choose the right classification.
Of course there’s more to protective marking than classification alone. Visual markings such as disclaimers and pre-amble to classifications really help recipients of data to understand the sensitivity, and the ‘conditions engine’ of 3.9 helps here too; a special disclaimer or even a subject marking can be added automatically if any external recipients are found on an email.
Content checking is now more efficient and its scope extended to operate within the Microsoft PowerPoint application, in the same way as Outlook, Word and Excel.
End-users can now choose their own default label, which really saves mouse clicks for the user who has a series of emails or documents to create which will be labelled identically.
Have you ever opened a document and wondered who chose the current classification? Classifier now has a handy ‘Classification History’ area in the File menu showing the users who changed the classification, when the change occurred and the classification chosen. Optionally this can be in metadata only.
Administrators will be pleased that Classifier can now obtain its configuration from a webserver, complementing the existing methods of AD and file store, and ‘plugging the gap’ for those users who don’t connect to the corporate network but who access via the internet. VBA macro support is also new, meaning that documents can be labelled in macros, so Excel macros that save or backup a document need never fail because a mandatory classification is missing.