NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - Varonis, the leader in data governance software, predicts that the world will not end on December 21, 2012 -- in stark contrast to many Doomsayers who warn of an apocalypse being a reality next month, Varonis instead warns organizations to prepare for an increase in "Salami Attacks," commonly defined as a series of minor attacks that together results in a larger attack.
Speaking about this warning, Varonis CEO and co-founder Yaki Faitelson explained, "A bit like a sandwich is pieced together one ingredient a time, we believe that the vast expanse of information about employees and business partners poses a new and very real threat to organizations. All the individual scraps of information about an individual online can be researched and pieced together to create a complete picture -- who they are, where they work, which school they attended. It's all there waiting to be plundered and the primary thing that saves most people is nobody is looking for them. But what if someone were? It's important that, as an organization, you make sure your employees -- especially those in key positions, are made aware of the risks. Consider collecting the information that's easily accessible on one employee to demonstrate what can be done to really bring the message home. "
Varonis has five more predictions of the challenges organizations will face over the next twelve months:
A Rise in Internal Search
There's a growing gulf between the people who know how to find the right information quickly and those that don't. Organizations need to get their employees thinking about what needs to be kept, what has to be kept legally, what can be removed and how to intelligently archive their information. Yaki adds, "Organizations are storing so much data -- intelligent search, retention, and archiving will be a competitive advantage."
A Growing Chasm Between IT and Everyone Else
There's a growing disparity between how people use technology in their personal and professional lives. With a huge portion of the workforce connecting remotely via both personal and professional devices, the traditional infrastructure is being assaulted by new requirements, devices and services. This will impact a number of business areas. For example, who owns the intellectual property of documents created on a personal device? If an employee uses a personal device to check their work email, what rights does the organisation have to access, search, or wipe the memory? Organizations must become master in their own home, yet still offer the flexibility the workforce is increasingly demanding.
Organizations are used to collaborating internally but the need to collaborate with third parties -- business partners, contractors, vendors, customers, etc. -- is increasing, and files are growing too numerous and too large for email. Organizations need to introduce processes that ensure the right sensitive information is shared, with the right people, securely.
The Data Mountain
Analysts concur that data is growing exponentially -- with IDC quoting 50% year on year. In contrast, Moore's Law estimated that processing power doubles every two years, although many believe that 2013 will see this growth start to slow. Organizations need to look for solutions that will intelligently archive their information, while automating management and protection.
Shortage of people With Big Data Analytics Skills
While technology exists which allows organizations to store and analyse huge amounts of data, there is a serious lack of data scientists to interpret the results and make informed decisions. More information doesn't always lead to better decisions. But, if you have the automation and the talent to distinguish causality from coincidence, you can gain an edge.
About Varonis Systems
Varonis is the leader in unstructured and semi-structured data governance software. 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 from all devices, all use is monitored, and abuse is flagged.
Varonis makes digital collaboration secure, effortless and efficient so that people can create and share content easily with whom they must, and organizations can be confident their content is protected and managed efficiently.
Voted one of the "Fast 50 Reader Favorites" on FastCompany.com, and winner of the SC Magazine Innovation, Product or Service of the Year, and Best Network Security Awards, Varonis has more than 4,500 installations worldwide and is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
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