Case Study

How the University of Surrey is Using Varonis to Improve its Incident Response Procedures




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The most important thing is visibility. Varonis allows us to see who has permissions to each folder and where we’re most vulnerable. We didn’t have that visibility before.

Sam Wong, Head of IT Security, University of Surrey


University of Surrey sought to put systems in place that would protect their data and ensure GDPR compliance; protect sensitive data including research, financial records, and staff and student information; and eliminate stale and duplicate data before it becomes a problem.

With the incoming GDPR laws, we didn’t have sufficient technologies in-house to be able to detect and react to a breach in the way that would have been compliant.

Sam Wong, Head of IT Security, University of Surrey


  • GDPR Compliance Support: Varonis provides demonstrable proof that the University is doing everything in its power to protect sensitive information.
  • Protection & Forensics Reporting: In the event of a data breach, University of Surrey can use DatAdvantage to see a clear report of who is accessing each folder, what happened to the data, and when it was lost, and can start following the breadcrumbs.
  • Identification of Stale Data and Duplicate Files: Using Varonis, the University can identify stale data and duplicate files. Varonis highlights potential problems as part of a wider data security and data management program.

Varonis is second-to-none when it comes to their professionalism, knowledge and reassurance. They helped us understand their product suite, how it would help us stay ahead of GDPR regulations, and how we could use it to meet our business goals. They’re always supportive, willing to offer good advice, and able to teach us how to get the most out of their product.

Sam Wong, Head of IT Security, University of Surrey

Customer Profile

  • Customer: University of Surrey
  • Industry: Education
  • Location: UK

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