FTC Decides Facial Images Should Be Secured

I was ready to start writing about the FTC’s recent recommendations on personally identifiable data (or PIIs), when the agency suddenly lobbed a new guideline onto the scene. Released last Monday, Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies is focused on the risks involved in not securing photographic images and data….

On Employee Data Theft

Last week Zynga, the social gaming company famous for Farmville and Cityville, filed a lawsuit against former employee Alan Patmore for making off with 763 documents—including business plans and other intellectual property—and  bringing them to competitor Kixeye.  Patmore doesn’t deny the claim. It hasn’t been confirmed exactly how Zynga discovered that Patmore nabbed the documents,…

What Happens When There’s No Cloud?

Earlier today Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud experienced a significant outage, bringing down some major websites, notably GitHub, Reddit, and Imgur, among others. While certainly an inconvenience for end users and a major headache for the sites in question, what I’m wondering is how many of those Amazon EC2 servers were running internal processes for companies…

A Brief History of US Data Privacy

While IP networks are new relative to the age of our nation, the concept of privacy isn’t. Consider the Colonial-era postal service – mail carriers were required to swear an oath to keep letters sealed. Today we have somewhat of a web-oath—our privacy policies—which are also mostly based on the honor system. Even with the…

New Zealand’s Leaky Servers Highlight the Need for Information Governance

How a Permissions Report Could Have Plugged the Hole in New Zealand’s Leaky Servers Earlier this week, Keith Ng blogged about a massive security hole in the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) network.  He was able to walk up to a public kiosk in the Work and Income office and—without cracking a password or…

The New Privacy Environment: European Union Leads the Way on Personal Data Protection

We all understand the risks in accidentally revealing a social security number. But are there other pieces of less identifying or even anonymous information that taken together act like a social security number? The European Union is breaking new ground on consumer privacy as it begins to reform its own regulations. The EU’s broader ideas…

Network Computing’s Review of DatAdvantage for Exchange

For many organizations, Microsoft Exchange is their central nervous system – it cannot crash and cannot be compromised or business will come to screeching halt.  Varonis is honored that so many customers look to DatAdvantage for Exchange to help manage and protect their critical infrastructure, knowing it will give them the visibility they need without…

Visibility is a Prerequisite to Security

Last night I watched a fantastic episode of This Week in Startups with guest Aaron Levie of Box.net. Aaron is a remarkable young CEO who really seems to understand and care about enterprise software, which is a rare combination. One of the themes of the interview was that CIOs and IT departments at large organizations are starting…

Varonis Data Governance Suite 5.8: Faster, Leaner, Lower Cost

We’re extremely excited to announce the release of version 5.8 of the Varonis Data Governance Suite! This release is packed with major architectural changes that not only increase performance, but also reduce your total cost of ownership and make managing your Varonis infrastructure faster and easier than ever. What’s new? Here are some of the key…

Some Amazing Things About Your File System

I was recently asked by one of our sales people to come up with a few unusual facts about user behaviors or statistics related to networked file systems. She was looking for a good anecdote that would make our customers reconsider conventional IT wisdom. I think I’ve found something to raise an IT admin’s eyebrow….