November 14, 2022: ManTech International Corporation® is pleased to announce the release of Document Detective v5.4.

Document Detective is an interactive, desktop application for reviewing and sanitizing electronic documents. It meets the intent of the Government's "100% reliable human review" criteria for transferring electronic files across security boundaries in their native format. The process of transferring a file from higher to lower classified network or domain is typically called an Assured File Transfer (AFT). Document Detective is also effective to identify and mitigate Insider Threat signatures in electronic documents.

Using various tools including keyword search, optical character recognition (OCR), and Microsoft's Office Application Programming Interface (API), Document Detective reveals sensitive information that may be missed without a deep and careful review.  It also provides a Flatten Document functionality to assist in the cleanup of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in order to address vulnerabilities in those file types specifically.

Document Detective 5.4 Features

  • Office 2019 (Desktop Version) support and backward compatibility for systems running Office 2016

  • Windows 10 support

  • System requirements: Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit) with Office 2019 or 2016 (32- or 64-bit) installed

  • Keyword List assignment capability lets Administrators more tightly control access to Keyword Lists through the application

  • Integrated Visual C++ redistributable package into the Document Detective installer

  • The default keyword lists available in previous versions have been deprecated in Document Detective v5.4; however, a sample keyword list is provided with the standard installation. It is important to note that the sample keyword list is an example only and should not be used in production environments.

  • The “View in Office” link text has been changed to “Open Office.”

  • Added support for recursive searching in batch scans. A new option, “Process Subfolders”, has been added to the Advanced Settings for batch scans. When enabled/selected, it will search all subfolders of the folders specified in the batch configuration.

  • Known Issues are no longer tracked in the Release Notes document. Known Issues and other important KB articles are posted in the Knowledge Base on the SMP Support Portal.

Certification Training

ManTech International Corporation provides Instructor-Led Certification Training for Document Detective. Individuals or groups charged with protecting data are encouraged strongly to attend a formal instructor-led training session in order to ensure that Data Transfer Agents (DTAs) are certified in the use of Document Detective. Certification training provides fundamental instruction in the products capabilities as well as an understanding of essential Assured File Transfer (AFT) concepts.  This includes information on how users and organizations can leverage the product to provide a record of action should the threat of a spill arise in the future.  Training provides stakeholders with the opportunity to learn file sanitization best practices and to show proficiency by becoming certified in Document Detective. From an organizational level, having individuals certified is one additional step in risk mitigation and helps to show that an organization is doing everything possible to protect data. 

For more information on training, locations and schedules, contact us at [email protected].

Customer Portal

For many years, we’ve used the Document Detective Support email inbox to intake support requests and have tracked them through a separate system. In an effort to streamline the support process and provide enhanced tracking, improved triage and better response times, we have transitioned our support intake to the SMP Support portal powered by ZenDesk as of May 1, 2020. Support requests - including licensing requests - should be submitted directly through this portal at

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