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Default Sensitive Type

The Sensitive Types tab in Sensitive Type Manager, lists all the available Sensitive Types in PK Protect. There are more than 90 different available Sensitive Types to detect all kinds of sensitive data, be it addresses, emails, phone numbers, bank details, personal information, insurance details or salary.

Sensitive Types can be used in combinations for further streamlining the search. Multiple Sensitive Types can be grouped together under a Policy and selected in isolation at the time of task creation (Task).

To access the Sensitive Types tab, click the POLICY > SENSITIVE TYPE MANAGER page. The below image shows the interactive UI of the Sensitive Types screen.

The Sensitive Types tab lists down the Pre-defined and Custom Sensitive Types. When a new Sensitive Type is created it will appear on this screen. This screen shows the name of the Sensitive Type along with the assigned Defined For the column that will display the value either DBMS or Hadoop & Files or both, Sensitive Group, Creation Date, and Processing Order.

Processing order is applicable only Custom Sensitive Types and is used to determine which of two similar Sensitive Types should be given preference when both are used in a task. Custom Sensitive Types at the top of the screen take precedence over those at the bottom. To Increase or decrease the priority, use the upward and downward arrows in the Processing Order column.

You can view the list of Sensitive Types based on the selection made in the Group By drop-down. By default, the Sensitive Types are defined on the Sensitive Group name. There are three values based on which the list of Sensitive Types gets updated on the screen.

  1. Sensitive Group: If you’ve selected this option in Group By drop-down then it will segregate the Sensitive Types based on the Sensitive Type Group.

    E.g., in the below screenshot the Address City (Best suited for structure data), Address Country (Best Suited for structured data), Address Line (Best suited for structured data), etc are grouped under Address sensitive type group name.

  2. Defined For: This option will segregate the list of Sensitive Types based on DBMS and Hadoop & Files.

  3. No Group: If you select this option, then Sensitive Type are listed without any Sensitive Type Group name.

A user can edit the details, confidence factor or can also delete the Custom Sensitive Types based on the options provided in the Action column.

*Note: The Delete and Edit feature is not applicable on Pre-defined Defined Sensitive Types.

  1. Edit: Click the Edit icon displayed under the Actions column to edit the expression of the Custom Sensitive Type. The Define For, Derivation Type, Derive From, and Detect If Found With columns cannot be edited once created.

  2. Edit Confidence Factor: Click the Pen icon on Action column to edit the Confidence Factor of the Sensitive Type. The Confidence Factor can be updated for both Custom and Pre-defined Sensitive Type.


    You can opt for alternative way to edit the Confidence Factor for multiple Sensitive Type by checking the checkbox next to the Processing Order column and click + Add Confidence Factor Config. This option is displayed under the colon functionality available on the top right corner of the Sensitive Type tab.

  3. Delete: Click the Trash icon in the Action column to delete the Custom Sensitive Type. The Pre-defined Sensitive Type cannot be deleted.

  4. Show: Click this option to view the hidden task. If you’ve checked the Show Hidden Items checkbox in the User Preferences, the hidden task will appear greyed out else it will not be visible on the screen. To know more, visit Home Page.

    To view the hidden task, check the checkbox corresponding to the Sensitive Type and click the Show option displayed under the  icon.

  5. Hide: Click this option to hide the selected task. Perform the below steps for hiding the task:

    1. Check the checkbox for the sensitive type next to the Processing Order column which you want to hide. 

    2. Click the Hide option displayed under the Colon icon. This will grey out the selected Sensitive Type. If you’ve checked the Show Hidden Items checkbox in the User Preferences, the hidden Sensitive Type will appear greyed as out else it will not be visible on the screen. To know more, visit Home Page.

  6. Click Arrow available with the Sensitive Type to view the details such as its name, group name, creation date, description, updated on, etc.

  7. The Sensitive Type Group tab displays the list of all available Sensitive Groups under which homogenous sensitive types are clustered together. This screen allows you to update the value for Confidence Factor, if required.

For instance, the different sensitive types related to addresses such as Canada Address, UK Address, US Address, Address City, State, Zip are clubbed under Address group.

To access the Sensitive Type Groups tab, click Policy > Sensitive Type Manager > Sensitive Types > Sensitive Type Groups tab. This screen displays the list of all the Sensitive Type Groups.

*Note: Only Custom Sensitive Type Groups can be deleted.

The delete button is enabled only for Custom Sensitive Type Group. Click  button in the Action column next to the Group Name and this will delete the group. The Pre-Defined Sensitive Types cannot be deleted.

To set the value of confidence factor for a Sensitive Type Group, refer Setting-up Confidence Factor for Sensitive Type Group.

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