File Attributes

File attributes are specific properties of a file. You can use two file attributes when defining data identifiers, namely, file type and file size. For example, a software development company may want to limit the sharing of the company’s software installer to the R&D department, whose members are responsible for the development and testing of the software. In this case, the OfficeScan administrator can create a policy that blocks the transmission of executable files that are 10 to 40MB in size to all departments except R&D.

By themselves, file attributes are poor identifiers of sensitive files. Continuing the example in this topic, third-party software installers shared by other departments will most likely be blocked. Trend Micro therefore recommends combining file attributes with other DLP data identifiers for a more targeted detection of sensitive files.

For a complete list of supported file types see the Data Protection Lists document at