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Solution for Data Classification

  • Ensure the right people have access to sensitive data
  • Ensure use of data is monitored
  • Context around the content
  • True incremental file classification
  • Regulatory compliance, including PCI and HIPAA

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The Challenge

Sensitive data such as credit card numbers, healthcare information, and regulated content reside on shared file servers, NAS devices and SharePoint sites. Data classification technology promises to help find sensitive files, but finding them is just the beginning. Then, the really difficult challenges arise:

  • Who has access to them?
  • Who is using them?
  • Who owns them?
  • Where are they most at risk?
  • Which ones are stale?
  • Policy Enforcement: How can we make sure data owners and end users adhere to organizational policies?

The Varonis Solution

The Varonis® IDU Classification Framework® addresses these challenges by providing visibility into the content of data across file systems and SharePoint sites, and then integrating it into the Varonis Metadata Framework. Classification information is then presented in the DatAdvantage interface, enabling actionable intelligence for data governance, including a prioritized list of those folders with the most exposed permissions AND containing the most sensitive data, who has access to that data, who is using it, who owns, it, and how to effectively limit access without disrupting business processes.

Learn more > Read the Use Case: Reducing Risk with the Varonis® Data Classification Framework®

Metadata Streams

Four types of metadata are critical for data governance

  • User and Group Information – from Active Directory, LDAP, NIS, SharePoint, etc.
  • Permissions information – knowing who can access what data in which containers
  • Access Activity – knowing which users do access what data, when and what they've done
  • Sensitive Content Indicators – knowing which files contain items of sensitivity and importance, and where they reside

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Why Varonis

Data protection is necessary to safeguard an organization's customers, employees, business partners, and investors. It is fundamental in securing an organization's intellectual property and competitive edge, and for maintaining the organizational trust required for it to properly function. Ongoing, scalable data protection and management require technology designed to handle an ever-increasing volume and complexity—a metadata framework.

The Varonis Metadata Framework non-intrusively collects this critical metadata, generates metadata where existing metadata is lacking (e.g. its file system filters and content inspection technologies), pre-processes it, normalizes it, analyzes it, stores it, and presents it to IT administrators in an interactive, dynamic interface. Once data owners are identified, they are empowered to make informed authorization and permissions maintenance decisions through a configurable web-based interface—that are then executed—with no IT overhead or manual backend processes.


30-Day Trial

Our 30-Day Free Trial provides a full audit of your file system or your SharePoint environment. Audit permissions, auditing access, usage statistics, recommendations, impact analysis, and identification of business owners.

Within hours of installation

You can instantly conduct a permissions audit: File and folder access permissions and how those map to specific users and groups. You can even generate reports.

Within a day of installation

Varonis® DatAdvantage® will begin to show you which users are accessing the data, and how.

Within 3 weeks of installation

Varonis® DatAdvantage® will actually make highly reliable recommendations about how to limit access to files and folders to just those users who need it for their jobs.

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