Case Study

How Varonis Automation Engine is Helping a Large U.S. College Automatically Remediate Nearly 700,000 Folders


Folders to lock down


Exposed sensitive files

2 Months

to completion

“The best thing about Automation Engine is that I can set it and forget it. No more guessing or waiting—I know our baseline permissions are set and our files are secure.”

Server Engineer, IT Department, Large U.S. College


Manually fixing file permissions is tedious and time consuming. Fixing just a few folders with open access can take hours. Remediating all folders can take months—or even years.

That was the challenge faced by server engineers for a prominent community college in the United States. With nearly 700,000 folders in need of remediation, the amount of labor required was staggering.

“I tried doing it myself. I would change permissions one-by-one based on who needed access. Then I realized that even if I continued doing this manually every day for the next year and a half, I still wouldn’t be finished.”

Server Engineer, IT Department, Large U.S. College


  • Fixing file permissions for hundreds of thousands of files: Automation Engine cuts down on the time-consuming process of repairing and maintaining file systems by automatically discovering and fixing folders with global group access.
  • Lock down sensitive files open to everyone: After the company did a proof of concept with the Varonis Data Classification Engine, they realized just how badly they needed permission remediation. They identified over 9,800 sensitive files open to everyone.
  • Implementing and maintaining least privilege: Automation Engine enforces and maintains a least privilege model, which helps mitigate the risk of a data breach.

“I was in shock at how easy Varonis made the whole process. It took maybe an hour to set up multiple steps in Automation Engine, and then I could just let the program run.”

Server Engineer, IT Department, Large U.S. College

Customer Profile

  • Location: U.S.
  • Industry: Education

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