Miramax

How Varonis helped classify Miramax’s unstructured data for content discovery, remediation and protection with data-access policies

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The Customer

Location: Santa Monica, California, United States

Industry: Film and Television studio

Products: DatAdvantage, DatAnswers and Data Classification Framework 

Miramax is a global film and television studio best known for its award-winning and original content. Among the over 700 titles in its acclaimed library are Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting as well as new titles such as 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby with Universal Pictures and Studio Canal.

Prior to implementing a least privilege model with Varonis, 40% of our files were overexposed when they didn’t need to be. This kind of exposure isn’t a problem until a  security breach occurs. Should there be a breach, we’re now able to quickly identify and target problem areas in a manner we weren’t previously able to do

Denise Evans – Vice President of Information Technology, Miramax

Business Requirements

Monitoring for insider threats file activity and user behavior activity.

Data access and classification: The company needed a solution that could help it classify its unstructured data for content discovery, remediation and protection with data-access policies.

The Varonis Solution / Results

Miramax set out to find a solution that could set and enforce data-access policies, and provide quick, secure searches on documents within its organization. The research led to the evaluation and implementation of Varonis DatAdvantage for monitoring file activity and user behavior, DatAnswers for secure enterprise search and Data Classification Framework for sensitive content discovery, remediation and protection.

Unstructured Data Discovery

Denise Evans, Miramax Vice President of Information Technology, said, “When Miramax spun off from Disney in 2010, we were like a startup company. We inherited a lot of unstructured data — scanned documents, contracts with the talent, and other valuable and sensitive files. Disney’s naming conventions were not always consistent with ours. Without metadata on these files, we needed the ability to search and find documents we needed quickly and Varonis and its Professional Services team was able to help us do this. Now, we can support eDiscovery requests and get very accurate results that save the company time and money, and also ensure that documents are encrypted and stored securely as necessary.”

Implementing a Least Privilege Model

With the help of Varonis, Miramax was able to put in place a least privilege model, so that users only had access to the files they needed to do their jobs.

Evans added, “Prior to implementing a least privilege model with Varonis, 40% of our files were overexposed when they didn’t need to be. This kind of exposure isn’t a problem until a  security breach occurs. Should there be a breach, we’re now able to quickly identify and target problem areas in a manner we weren’t previously able to do.”

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