SOURCE: Varonis


April 30, 2013 12:18 ET

Varonis Reveals How It Is Helping Alberta Government Ministry of Energy's Data Governance Program

NEW YORK, NY and EDMONTON, AB--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2013) - Varonis, the leading provider of comprehensive data governance software, today confirmed it is working with the Alberta Government Department of Energy. The Alberta Energy Team has chosen Varonis DatAdvantage and Varonis DataPrivilege to help achieve true data governance. Using the combined solution, the IT team has minimized all permissions to just those that are absolutely necessary, giving all the departments a clear view into who is using and accessing their systems. The team can now find and remediate permissions issues, thereby securing access to Alberta Energy's most sensitive information.

The Department of Energy is now able to easily manage its finance, legal and human resources unstructured information with far less manual effort. It has been able to centralize its data, while at the same time making it available to only the departments and users that need it. In parallel, by cleaning up permissions to its most sensitive directories, this information is now properly secured.

Merv Bell, Team Lead - Windows Servers, explains, "With DatAdvantage, we can give all the departments a clear view of exactly who has access and who is accessing their systems. It is also useful (for the IT team) to see which directories are actually being used and those that aren't, so that permissions can be accurately targeted and appropriately streamlined. When we started this process we were able to easily identify and revoke inappropriate and outdated permissions -- for example people who had left the organization, or moved departments. Using DatAdvantage has not only allowed us to do something that we were unable to previously do, but has also saved a massive amount of time in following through these queries. In fact, when we weren't able to use it, it became apparent just how much we relied on it to resolve these queries quickly."

Varonis DatAdvantage provides the Department of Energy a complete, bi-directional view into the permissions structure of its unstructured and semi-structured file systems. It aggregates Active Directory user and group details, ACL information and all data access events -- without requiring native OS auditing -- to build a complete picture of who is currently accessing its data, who can access the data, and who should have their access revoked. DatAdvantage ultimately allows DoE to identify the rightful data owners, so the most knowledgeable employees can set appropriate access and usage. With the inclusion of DataPrivilege, Alberta Energy has a configurable web interface that brings IT, data owners, and users together in a self-service portal for automating access authorization, entitlement reviews, policy enforcement (e.g. ethical walls), and compliance reporting.

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