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Solution for Finding Data Owners

Data owners and data stewards should be making decisions about who gets access to their data and its proper use—not IT. Yet, 91% of organizations lack processes for determining who owns a given data set. Without a data owner that understands the sensitivity, importance, and organizational context, data cannot be managed and protected by the right people.

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The Challenge

Whether you're doing a data classification project, access entitlement reviews, permissions audits, or chargebacks, the challenges are the same:

  • How can I identify the correct folder owner, directory owner, site owner, or file owner?
  • How can I help the data owners make effective data protection and management decisions?

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The Varonis Solution

Varonis® DatAdvantage® audits each and every access event on Windows, SharePoint, UNIX/Linux, EMC Celerra, NetApp filers, and Exchange mailboxes and public folders so it can deliver the guidance you need to quickly see who the top users of data are, combined with other Active Directory metadata, like the "department" or "managed by" attributes. This information quickly leads IT to the right department and data owner so they can be involved in data governance practices for protecting and managing their data.

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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