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SOX (Sarbanes Oxley)

The Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) is a United States federal law that sets new or expanded requirements for all U.S. public company boards, management and public accounting firms and can also impact privately-held companies in relation to federal investigations.

With international trade, many organisations deal with US multinationals and therefore are affected by SOX, although, since the introduction of this Act, almost all other major economies have adopted similar rules.

The introduction of SOX followed major corporate scandals (such as Enron) when apparently-sound organisations crumbled almost overnight leaving investors, creditors and customers embarrassed and out of pocket. To counteract this, the bill defines corporate responsibilities, sets minimum standards for performance and reporting, and establishes clear penalties for misconduct. Managers or Directors are responsible for signing off the presence of adequate control systems.

The penalties for non-compliance with SOX are high. If, in the event of major damage to your organisation, your adequacy statement proves to be inaccurate you can be fined or imprisoned. The act also entitles companies to claw back bonuses that were achieved on the basis of inaccurate statements.

Special whistle-blower provisions introduce the possibility of up to ten years imprisonment for those attempting to stop news of a data breach leaking to the outside world.

If your company suffers a major or embarrassing data loss resulting in a share price fall, then your lack of a data classification and data loss prevention policy could anger your investors.

The principal change resulting from this bill is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to check that the company has adequate methods of internal control. This control encompasses everything from protection of existing assets to understanding risk and the competitive landscape. It is the responsibility of the auditors to check that this is in place and operating effectively in accordance with details set out in section 404.

As data loss becomes more expensive, the introduction of internal controls to minimise data loss are critical for SOX compliance.

Boldon James Data Classification products support compliance with SOX by allowing users to identify key data & make decisions about how it is stored and transmitted.

Boldon James Classifier helps you capture the value of the data that your organisation creates or handles. It reduces the risk of data loss and the potential for embarrassment and costly penalties.

Boldon James Data Classification products support compliance with SOX by:

  • Clearly identifying information by labelling and protectively-marking data that requires special handling such as ITAR information, the mishandling of which carries a substantial fine.
  • Automatically applying visual labels to educate users on your data protection policy.
  • Warning or preventing the user from sending messages that contains personal information with alerts highlighting when sensitive data is leaving the organisation.

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What is Data Classification?


Protecting Data Throughout its Lifecycle

Our best-of-breed Data Classification solutions enable organisations to effectively manage data, streamline operations and proactively respond to regulatory change.


Office Classifier
Incorporates data classification into the primary productivity tools of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint – and also Visio and Project

CAD Classifier
Brings the benefits of data classification to key design documents across a variety of CAD applications, including AutoCAD and Draftsight

Mac Classifier
Brings the benefits of user-centric data classification to organisations using Mac devices


File Classifier
Provides users with the means to classify any file held in Windows File Store

SharePoint Classifier
Classify data stored within Microsoft SharePoint using the familiar and intuitive Classifier interface

Box Classifier
Extends document classification into Box Cloud-based storage ensuring seamless document control regardless of its location


Classifier Administration
Provides everything System Administrators need to manage your scheme with simplicity.

Classifier Reporting
Monitor and report on classification events and the handling of classified data


Email Classifier
Adds message classification capabilities to Microsoft Outlook

Notes Classifier
Adds message classification capabilities to Lotus Notes

OWA Classifier
Brings classification to the Microsoft Outlook Web App, providing a consistent, intuitive experience to users

Mobile Classifier
Extends classification to portable devices such as smartphones and tablets providing consistent classification, including iOS, Android and Windows

Mobile Filter
Works with Boldon James Classifier and SAFEmail solutions to stop the synchronisation of your most sensitive emails from Microsoft Exchange mailboxes

Exchange Classifier
Enhances endpoint classification solutions by applying policy to every message sent and received within your organisation, internal or external, inbound or outbound

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Keeping you Secure,
Compliant and in Control

Boldon James is a data classification and secure messaging specialist, delivering globally-recognised innovation,
service excellence and technology solutions that work.

Gartner Peer Insights

"Great product for user awareness"

Very good customer support for implementation and operations. The product is great for improving user awareness of data classification.

IT Project Manager in the Finance Industry

Why choose
Boldon James

With unrivalled customer service and best-of-breed data protection and governance solutions,
we are helping many of the world’s most successful organisations take control of their business data.
Everyday, our customers enjoy more effective, secure and streamlined operations -
protecting their business critical information and reducing risk.

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We integrate with powerful data security and governance ecosystems.

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We protect business critical data, improve data control and reduce risk.

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