Like its namesake, which was the first piloted aircraft to break the sound barrier, X1 values innovation, and speed. The company is laser-focused on fixing problems in new, better and more cost-effective ways. Its software capability has evolved from search & productivity applications into the ability to collect social, media and web content for legal proceedings, as well as the ability to access and act on employee information in a scalable manner without disrupting productivity. CEO of X1, Craig Carpenter, joins Tom Fox on this week’s show to chat about how his company is making data accessible for its clients.

Distributed GRC Solution

Tom asks Craig to talk about X1’s distributed GRC solution. Craig responds that the name itself conveys that the software is wherever the data resides. Distributed GRC is a two-part product, he says. The first part is software that sits on an endpoint such as a laptop. The second part is a command and control layer that allows you to access your data sources and analyze what data is available as well as take action on it. Craig explains how X1 enables social media discovery in a forensically sound fashion. Data can be manipulated today, he comments. So being able to prove that your data is credible and that the chain of custody is accurate, is critical especially in the context of legal proceedings.

Quick Access

Tom comments that X1’s emphasis on speed equates to greater business productivity, efficiency, and profitability. The company was founded for this very reason, Craig agrees. Finding the right information in a timely fashion, and being able to act on it for your productivity purposes, is critical to business.

CFIUS and Preventing Violations

The Department of Justice’s new guidelines require companies to go beyond policies and questionnaires to using technology to validate data. Craig says that X1’s solution is a last mile validation piece. He and Tom discuss how X1 helps its clients comply with CFIUS (The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US) regulations. “Our technology is very effective because we can not only get the server data and some of the structure data as well to ensure that that’s compliant,” Craig comments, “but stuff on laptops and desktops where people work is also compliant. That’s kind of the key hidden element that we’re really good at attacking.”