Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Varonis Data Governance Awards

With so many data breaches and negative stories coming out of the information security world, it is nice to see some positive news.  A new thing that Varonis Systems introduced this year was the "Data Governance" awards for customers that made outstanding use of the the DatAdvantage platform and improved the security processes around their unstructured data.  I was proud to be a judge and see the wonderful progress that many organizations are making.  See the award winners here

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Symantec Study Says Many Employees Steal Data

Symantec has published a study related to employee theft of data; which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

Symantec Press Release

They offer several recommendations which include:
  • Employee education
  • Enforce non-disclosure agreements
  • Implement Monitoring technology
But they fail to address steps that could be taken to reduce access to sensitive data and better audit that access. Companies should strive to implement a Least Privilege model for information access, have a regular process for Entitlement Reviews, a well-defined Permission Approval process, and implement a program to audit access to information that involves the data owners.

The Varonis DatAdvantage suite of solutions should be one of the cornerstone's of an organization's strategy to protect and better manage access to data at its source.