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Global Access Folder Security Solved At Western Precooling

Varonis Systems : 06 June, 2012  (Application Story)
Varonis assists US company with permissions and access rights to global access group folders using DatAdvantage and the IDU Classification Framework
Global Access Folder Security Solved At Western Precooling
Varonis is helping Western Precooling eliminate security concerns surrounding folders open to global access groups. As Western Precooling was planning to move several services to the cloud, cleaning up permissions became a priority. Using Varonis DatAdvantage and Varonis IDU Classification Framework, Western Precooling is able to clean up permissions, audit access activity, identify stale data, and provide support for its recently acquired NetApp NAS device -- all without impacting business activity.

Western Precooling uses Varonis DatAdvantage to automate access and permissions management on both NetApp devices and file servers, providing visibility into existing access controls, data access auditing, and recommendations for tightening up access and group membership.

With DatAdvantage, Western Precooling has the ability to identify folders open to the "Everyone" group, and see which of these folders are accessed the most, allowing it to prioritize accordingly. DatAdvantage simulation capabilities provide the ability to model, or sandbox, permissions and group membership changes before committing them to production. This is a key feature to clean up permissions without disrupting regular business processes.

Brian Paine, Director of IT for Western Precooling, explains, "So far we have put about 20 hours into clean-up and have cleaned up 75% of home drives. DatAdvantage also provides us the ability to commit changes to production as well as rollback functionality. This allows my department to incrementally clean up the permissions and closely monitor the response they get from production."

DatAdvantage's complete audit trail provides Western Precooling the granular record of access activity when it needs to know what data has been accessed by each user. Now, if someone leaves the organization, it can be certain of exactly what data they accessed and what they did with it. In fact, with DatAdvantage alerting capabilities, it can identify any anomalous access patterns and take appropriate action prior to an employee's departure.

In addition, the automated analytics and execution capabilities within DatAdvantage have allowed Western Precooling to ensure that permissions are both accurate and up to date, and that sensitive data is locked down. It no longer has to worry about data being exposed to the entire organization.

Brian concludes, "When I started looking for a solution that could clean-up excessive permissions and provide granular auditing capabilities I considered bringing in a team of consultants to correct the problem. However, I was concerned that this approach wouldn't solve the problem of how to maintain the environment after the clean-up process, and a team would not provide the auditing needed. I was really concerned about the impact the clean-up process might have on business activity. Thankfully, with Varonis, I have a complete bi-directional view into the permissions structure and can clean them up without affecting the daily operations of the company."
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