SOURCE: Varonis Systems

Varonis Systems

February 27, 2012 08:00 ET

Varonis Announces a New Partnership With McAfee for Data Loss Prevention

Varonis Extends Their Metadata Framework™ Technology and Enterprise Context Awareness for Data Loss Prevention to McAfee Customers

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Varonis Systems Inc. (, a leading provider of comprehensive data governance software, announced it has joined the McAfee® Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) partner program in order to better address the challenges organizations face as they manage growing volumes of unstructured and semi-structured data. The interoperability between the Varonis IDU Classification Framework and McAfee® Data Loss Prevention (DLP) will allow customers to identify sensitive data on their file systems, NAS devices and SharePoint sites, find areas with excessive permissions and abnormal access activity, understand who can access, who is accessing, who shouldn't have access, who owns the data, and remediate risk faster than traditional data protection and classification solutions.

"We are very pleased to partner with McAfee to provide enterprise context for their DLP solutions," said Yaki Faitelson, Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-founder for Varonis. "Our joint solution helps significantly increase the productivity of IT staff and data owners by providing visibility, intelligence and automation via our combined solutions. Together we are enabling organizations to identify exposed critical information and take immediate action to reduce their risk without disrupting existing business processes."

Unstructured and semi-structured data such as documents, spreadsheets, images, and videos make up approximately 80% of the average organization's data, and is growing quickly: current estimates place the increase at 50% year-over-year for most organizations (Source: IDC). Varonis and McAfee software solutions are engineered to provide an enterprise-wide view of sensitive data, data permissions, data usage, and who the data's owner is -- to quickly identify the sensitive data that is least protected. The unified solution helps improve data security, decrease risk of data misuse, and ensures consistency in entitlement decision making. Data owners and IT gain immediate understanding of which files are sensitive based on company policies, who within the organization has access to those files, and who is utilizing that access. IT administrators can investigate permissions and usage, issue alerts when files are accessed inappropriately, and change access controls in real time based on company policies.

"We are excited to add Varonis to the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance," said Ed Barry, vice president of the Security Innovation Alliance, McAfee. "We expect our joint solution to deliver more complete context awareness for the use and abuse of unstructured data, and to provide actionable intelligence that will strengthen data protection for our mutual customers."

Four types of metadata are critical for data governance:

  • User and Group Information -- from Active Directory, LDAP, NIS, SharePoint, etc.
  • Permissions and File System Information -- knowing who can access what data in which containers
  • Access Activity -- knowing which users do access what data, when and what they've done
  • Sensitive Content Indicators -- knowing which files contain items of sensitivity and importance, and where they reside

The Varonis Metadata Framework™ non-intrusively collects this critical metadata, generates metadata where existing metadata is lacking, pre-processes it, normalizes it, analyzes it, stores it, and presents it to IT administrators in an interactive, dynamic interface.

Varonis is a leader in unstructured and semi-structured data governance for file systems, SharePoint and NAS devices, and Exchange servers. Named a "Cool Vendor" in Risk Management and Compliance by Gartner and voted one of the "Fast 50 Reader Favorites" on, Varonis has more than 4,500 installations worldwide. Based on patented technology and a highly accurate analytics engine, Varonis' solutions give organizations total visibility and control over their data, ensuring that only the right users have access to the right data at all times. Varonis is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Varonis, the Varonis logo, DatAdvantage®, DataPrivilege® and the IDU Classification Framework® are registered trademarks of Varonis® Systems in the United States and/or other countries and Metadata Framework™ is under a registration process in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names and marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

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