DatAdvantage for Windows

Take your file analysis and data security to the next level

Monitor file activity and user behavior, prevent data breaches, and make permissions management and auditing a breeze.


Take control of your data

We don’t just show you where sensitive data lives, we show you where it’s overexposed, who is accessing it, and how to lock it down. DatAdvantage will also identify stale data that is no longer accessed by actual humans – save disk space, lower cost and simplify your environment all at once.

DatAdvantage uses machine learning and bi-directional cluster analysis to pinpoint users that have access to files they don’t need to do their job. It’s your single interface for managing permissions and security groups.


Secure your data from the inside out

Varonis performs User Behavior Analytics (UBA) to secure your data from the inside-out, using machine learning to find patterns and anomalous behavior to stop breaches before they happen.

Our sophisticated threat models analyze behavior across multiple platforms and alert you to suspicious activity and potential data breaches. From CryptoLocker infections to compromised service accounts to disgruntled employees, we’ll detect and alert you on all sorts of abnormal user behavior.


Monitor and analyze every single file touch

Monitoring with DatAdvantage is non-intrusive and doesn’t require native auditing – making it easier than ever to perform security investigations, prove compliance, and find lost files.

Automatically detect and correct changes that don’t meet your organization’s change management policies. Satisfy many of the requirements prescribed by SOX, HIPAA, PCI, GLB, FERC/NERC, and more.


“DatAdvantage has enabled us to remove the risks associated with data permission changes within our IT environment. As an organization, we can prove to our regulators that our IT controls are stringent and that we are providing effective protection around our data.”

-Colin Lennox, Technical Services Manager, Baillie Gifford

Who uses DatAdvantage?


DatAdvantage for Windows ensures that only the right people have access to the right data at all times, all access is monitored, and abuse is flagged.

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Common Questions

What hardware/software do I need?

  • A Windows Server 2008 or newer (can be virtual) with 80GB disk, 8GB RAM, and 2.3 GHz CPU or better
  • SQL Server 2005 or newer
  • A basic domain user for crawling AD
  • A domain user with local admin on the install server (usually the same account as above)

Do you need to run as domain admin?

Nope. We’ll need admin credentials to install, but our services do not need to run as domain admin once they’re there.

In fact, we really prefer they don’t. To monitor Windows servers, for example, we need a domain user with backup operator and power user rights. In UNIX, we run as a normal user.

Is there any performance impact on my production servers?

We typically measure between a 1% and 2% increase in CPU utilization for NAS devices. Our windows agent/filter usually takes between 0-1% CPU, 6-10 MB of RAM, and we never write to disk on the system we’re monitoring. For Windows, SharePoint and UNIX/Linux environments, the Varonis agent is co-installed with a ‘watchdog’ service that ensures it never exceeds defined boundaries of CPU and memory utilization.

Do you require agents to get audit events?

It depends on the platform we’re monitoring:

  • Windows = agent
  • SharePoint = agent
  • UNIX/Linux = agent
  • Exchange = agent
  • Active Directory = no agent
  • Office 365 = no agent
  • NAS = no agent on most platforms

Ew, agents?

We all wish every platform had good built-in auditing, but many don’t. So we’ve been writing file-system filters (agents) since 2005, tackling Windows, Solaris, Linux, AIX, SharePoint and Exchange. Varonis filters/agents have been battle-tested with thousands of customers. Our Windows filter, for example, usually takes between 0-1% CPU, 6-10 MB of RAM, and we never write to disk on the system we’re monitoring.

No agents required to get permissions, users & groups, or classify data

What’s a free risk assessment?

  • We’ll build a personalized risk report that showcases your security wins and vulnerabilities
  • We outline your problem areas – wondering about global access? Exposed sensitive data? Stale data? We got this. We’ll prioritize risk, and give you concrete steps to take to improve your data security
  • We’ll help you fix real production security issues
  • While we’re running, we’ll even enable automatic detection for things like ransomware, privilege escalations, misconfigurations, and odd user behaviors

Take control of your enterprise data

All Varonis products are free to try and come with complimentary concierge onboarding and installation.