SOURCE: Varonis Systems Inc.

Varonis Systems Inc.

April 17, 2012 06:00 ET

Varonis® Solution Helps Greenhill & Co. Safeguard Data Integrity

With Varonis DatAdvantage Greenhill & Co. Is Able to Keep Track of and Control Who Has Access to and Ownership of Its Most Sensitive Data

NEW YORK, NY and LONDON--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - Varonis® Systems Inc. announced today that its DatAdvantage® solution has been installed by one of the world's leading investment banks, Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE: GHL).

Greenhill & Co. was looking for a data governance solution that could provide ready visibility into employee access rights, and identify potential issues. Additionally, the company needed a more efficient way to determine when content was moved or deleted, how it was being used, and by whom.

Greenhill & Co. found that trying to manually manage and protect information for a company with global reach was often time-consuming, ineffective and error prone. Chief Information Officer John Shaffer and his team needed automated analysis of the organization's permissions structure to more efficiently determine which files and folders required owners and who those owners were likely to be. Identifying likely data owners required the ability to analyse actual access activity.

Greenhill required a system to manage access and permissions to sensitive information quickly and efficiently. Shaffer had previous experience with Varonis while migrating Greenhill & Co.'s data to NAS appliances and decided to look at its other offerings.

Commenting on the discovery process, Shaffer said, "People always want to blame the computer for human errors -- but DatAdvantage knows better -- it offers proof of where documents were being moved to and by whom. It told us right away the access rights that certain folders had, which people had access to those folders, where the content was moving to, and whether access should be tightened."

Shaffer said, "Varonis proved to be useful to determine proper Windows rights and tighten them up accordingly. Plus, it allows us to test access change scenarios before actually implementing them, which is incredibly valuable for our team."

Shaffer has used Varonis DatAdvantage for nearly six years and notes that the installation and upgrades were "painless." His team is currently looking to expand their deployment with Varonis DatAdvantage for Exchange, which provides on-going Exchange management tasks such as mailbox access management and consolidation, email activity tracking, access auditing and stale public folder and mailbox identification. By automating the way Greenhill performs daily Exchange management tasks, DatAdvantage for Exchange can deliver up to a 70 percent time-savings.

"It has been a genuine pleasure to work with such a prestigious name in the world of investment banking and I am really delighted that not only has Greenhill & Co. chosen DatAdvantage to safeguard the integrity of its data but is also looking to use some of our other technologies such as DatAdvantage for Exchange. I look forward to working with Greenhill for a long time to come," said David Gibson, director of strategy, Varonis.

Varonis® is the leader in unstructured and semi-structured data governance for file systems, intranet and NAS devices, and email systems. 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.