Unstructured data in organizations is exploding and out of control. The number of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, media files and other business data sitting on file servers, NAS devices, and semi-structured repositories like SharePoint is massive and growing fast. According to Gartner:

  • 80% of organizational data is unstructured
  • Unstructured data will grow by 650% in the next five years

Organizations now collaborate digitally, down to the most fundamental business processes-collaboration is necessary to remain even minimally productive and competitive. Modern, data-driven organizations continually form cross-functional teams that access fluid sets of digital resources. The increasing numbers of teams, combined with additional management and security requirements, cause the number of data containers-folders and SharePoint sites- to increase proportionately faster than the information we’re storing in them. Each data set and container needs to be protected.

Data protection is necessary to safeguard an organization’s customers, employees, business partners, and investors. It is fundamental in securing an organization’s intellectual property and competitive edge, and for maintaining the organizational trust required for it to properly function. Ongoing, scalable data protection and management require technology designed to handle an ever-increasing volume and complexity—a metadata framework. Four types of metadata are critical for data governance:

  • User and Group Information – from Active Directory, LDAP, NIS, SharePoint, etc.
  • Permissions information – knowing who can access what data in which containers
  • Access Activity – knowing which users do access what data, when and what they’ve done
  • Sensitive Content Indicators – knowing which files contain items of sensitivity and importance, and where they reside

The Varonis Meta-data Framework™ non-intrusively collects this critical metadata, generates metadata where existing metadata is lacking (e.g. its file system filters and content inspection technologies), pre-processes it, normalizes it, analyzes it, stores it, and presents it to IT administrators in an interactive, dynamic interface. Once data owners are identified, they are empowered to make informed authorization and permissions maintenance decisions through a web-based interface—that are then executed—with no IT overhead or manual backend processes.

The Varonis Data Governance Suite will scale to present and future requirements using standard computing infrastructure, even as the number of functional relationships between metadata entities grows exponentially. As new platforms and metadata streams emerge, they will be seamlessly assimilated into the Varonis framework, and the productive methodologies it enables for data management and protection.

Learn more > Read the IDC Technology Spotlight: Leveraging Metadata Framework Technology to Take Control of the Information Explosion