Cloud Data Protection in the EU: The Road Back From Serfdom

A few posts ago, I wrote about the European Union’s influential 1995 Data Protection Directive and the updates to its consumer privacy rules that will soon go into effect. Over the summer, the Article 29 Working Group, which is a DPD advisory body, released a set of rules clarifying the regulatory structure around cloud providers….

Using Varonis: Why Data Owners?

(This one entry in a series of posts about the Varonis Operational Plan – a clear path to data governance.  You can find the whole series here.) One of my first jobs in IT was on the help desk for a medium-sized company. A big part of my job was provisioning access. If your company has…

Meet the Winners of the 2012 Data Governance Awards

Varonis is proud to announce that Philip Morris International, CIBC and Alberta Energy are the three big winners in our first annual Data Governance Awards.  Société Générale, BNP Paribas and AXA were also named Highly Commended finalists. Companies around the world are working very hard, every day, to deliver the highest possible standards of data…

City-state Security

Bruce Schneier wrote an interesting piece in Wired yesterday likening cloud providers to feudal lords.  Schneier states that we’ve come to a point in the Internet era where users are putting a tremendous amount of trust in companies like Facebook and Amazon in exchange for convenience.  It’s never been more apparent – we want access…

Using Varonis: Fixing the Biggest Problems

(This one entry in a series of posts about the Varonis Operational Plan – a clear path to data governance.  You can find the whole series here.) Now that we have a pretty good idea where the highest-risk data is, the question naturally turns to reducing that risk. Fixing permissions problems on Windows, SharePoint or Exchange…

Big Data, Big Brother

I’ve been writing recently about the volume and depth of personal data that’s spread out across the Internet. Out of curiosity, I registered with a well-known information broker to discover the personal details that had been collected about me. Information brokers are services that scoop up data—by mainly trawling social networks or depositing cookies at…

Case Study: The MENTOR Network Enhances Data Protection and Reduces IT Workload with Varonis

The MENTOR Network, an organization offering an array of innovative human services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, has chosen Varonis to help manage and protect their network of 7,500 users and 360 locations. One of the key challenges the Network faces is ensuring that sensitive patient data remains protected and monitored despite ever-changing…

4 Secrets for Archiving Stale Data Efficiently

The mandate to every IT department these days seems to be: “do more with less.”  The basic economic concept of scarcity is hitting home for many IT teams, not only in terms of headcount, but storage capacity as well.  Teams are being asked to fit a constantly growing stockpile of data into an often-fixed storage…

Can Companies Learn to Forget About Their Customers?

In my last few posts, I’ve been focusing on how the rise of social media has forced regulators both here and in the EU to revise their definitions of personal data. With the new emphasis on data that can be  “reasonably linked” to an individual, companies may soon have to extend their security controls over…

Email vs. Employee: Can We Win the Inbox Race? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Many of us think we are masters of our email universe. By sending messages from a desktop app or mobile device, we’re able to direct and coordinate coworkers anywhere in the organization to solve problems and ultimately get the work done.  In a newly released research report, Varonis notes that an ever increasing volume of…