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Compliance Management Solution For Unstructured Data Storage and Access

Courion : 14 July, 2010  (New Product)
Compliance Manager for File Shares enables improvements in risk management for companies operating unstructured data stores but still requires the protection of sensitive data
Courion has released Compliance Manager for File Shares, the company's solution designed to ensure that user access to file shares is aligned with corporate security policies and industry regulations. The solution enables organisations to control user access to and protect sensitive information in unstructured data repositories such as file shares, including Excel spreadsheets, presentations, .pdf files, and audio, video and CAD files.

Today's organisations house millions of files on countless file shares, resulting in a high volume of sensitive information sitting in unstructured repositories. According to IDC, most of the information in the Digital Universe is unstructured data. Due to the overwhelming amount of data to be searched, access control in unstructured environments, such as file shares, has historically been poorly managed − if at all − through manual processes, resulting in a lack of governance around access and policy.

"File shares are ubiquitous in the enterprise and the data on those shares is only increasing in sensitivity," said Ian Glazer, research director in Gartner's Identity and Privacy Strategies service. "Organisations need a way to identify sensitive data in unstructured environments such as file shares so that they can review access to that data, mitigate risks and protect against inappropriate use of sensitive data."

Courion's Compliance Manager for File Shares is a complete access assurance solution for file shares that automates governance, compliance and remediation processes in file share environments, allowing IT administrators and business managers to protect sensitive information in file shares from unauthorised access. The solution allows administrators and business managers to:

• Prioritise focus areas in hours or days (instead of weeks or months) by using RiskAppraiser technology to identify the locations of file shares that present the highest degree of risk;

• Identify the business owners of riskiest data and ensure they are controlling access without impeding business functions; and

• Determine which other users have access to the data and to certify appropriate user access, remediate inappropriate user access and ensure access aligns with corporate security policies and industry standards.

"Traditional approaches for controlling access to file shares have been too labour intensive to implement. Compliance Manager for File Shares extends the capabilities of our Access Assurance Suite to key unstructured environments," said Chris Sullivan, vice president of customer solutions for Courion. "With the vast amount of company data residing in file shares, this broad capability is a complete data security and compliance strategy."

Compliance Manager for File Shares rounds out Courion's offerings to protect unstructured data from unauthorised access. In February 2009, Courion announced Compliance Manager for SharePoint, the company's solution designed specifically to ensure SharePoint sites are managed according to corporate security policies and industry standards.

Courion's unique Access Assurance approach to identity, access and compliance management ensures that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. Access Assurance unifies Access Governance, Access Provisioning and Access Compliance in the most complex, heterogeneous environments. This comprehensive approach increases operational efficiency and transparency, strengthens security, and improves compliance, while delivering the industry's fastest time to value and lowest total cost of ownership.
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