Create or import a dictionary definition

A dictionary is a collection of keywords or key phrases where each entry is assigned a score. Scores allow for more granular rule definitions.

You can create a dictionary definition by importing a dictionary file in CSV format. You can also import items with a script containing REST API calls. The administrator running the script must be a valid McAfee ePO user who has permissions in McAfee ePO Permission Sets to perform the actions that are invoked by the APIs.

Tip: Best practice: Dictionary CSV files can use multiple columns. Export a dictionary to understand how the columns are populated before creating a file for import.


  1. In McAfee ePO, select MenuData ProtectionClassification.
  2. Click the Definitions tab.
  3. In the left pane, select Dictionary.
  4. Select ActionsNew.
  5. Enter a name and optional description.
  6. Add entries to the dictionary.
    To import entries:
    1. Click Import Entries.
    2. Enter words or phrases, or cut and paste from another document.
      The text window is limited to 20,000 lines of 50 characters per line.
    3. Click OK.
      All entries are assigned a default score of 1.
    4. If needed, updated the default score of 1 by clicking Edit for the entry.
    5. Select the Start With, End With, and Case Sensitive columns as needed.
      Start With and End With provide substring matching.
    To manually create entries:
    1. Enter the phrase and score.
    2. Select the Start With, End With, and Case Sensitive columns as needed.
    3. Click Add.
  7. Click Save.