Varonis and Heartbleed

Here is a quick update for Varonis customers about Heartbleed: Heartbleed is a critical vulnerability in the OpenSSL implementation of SSL, which affects multiple sites across the Internet, and could be exploited to leak sensitive information. Varonis does not use OpenSSL anywhere in its product suite.  Varonis uses other SSL technologies, which are not affected by this…

Podcast: Wi-Fi Security, Firesheep, and Pineapples with Troy Hunt

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Troy Hunt, security researcher and Microsoft MVP.  If you haven’t read Troy’s blog or heard him speak, definitely check him out.  He’s truly one of the most prolific people in the security space these days. Troy and I chatted about: The exploitability of public Wi-Fi networks Cookie hijacking…

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Four Step Approach to Taming File Sharing Access

How many users and groups are in your Active Directory? Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands?  Managing permissions to networked file shares at scale is complicated.   I don’t mean to alarm you, but: 1 TB of data usually contains about 50,000 folders About 5% of folders have unique permissions—that’s 2,500 ACLs Each ACL has an average of 4 groups Throw in multiple platforms with different permission schemes,…

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Why It Matters: Varonis Data Governance Suite

One of my favorite things about working for Varonis is that we let our products do the talking.  All of our products are free to try.  We want people to get real, quantifiable value before they pull out their wallet and spend a dollar with us. On rare occasion, for one reason or another, an…

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Varonis Shines in Bloor Research’s Data Governance Market Update

Bloor Research published its market update for data governance.  Included were a bevy of vendors in the structured data governance space, with stalwarts like IBM and SAP featured prominently. In the burgeoning unstructured data governance market, where arguably the greatest technical challenges lie, Varonis was the only vendor featured. In the unstructured space we have…

The Difference between CIFS and SMB

I’ve received quite a few questions from both new and experienced sysadmins, about networked filesystems and file sharing protocols.  One question that comes up frequently is, “What is the difference between CIFS and SMB?” There are many idiosyncrasies, and the terminology can be confusing, so I’m going to boil down the essentials in an easy-to-follow…

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3 Things CIOs Can Learn From Snapchat

Snapchat, one of the most popular mobile apps amongst teenage girls, can teach CIOs a thing or three about technology and communication. 1. Data should have a shelf-life The flagship feature of Snapchat is ephemerality. Snaps are designed to disappear forever* in 10 seconds or less. This cuts against the grain of most social services…

New Gigaom Research on Human-Generated Big Data Analytics

Gigaom analyst Paul Miller just published a fresh research paper on applying big data analytics to human-generated data.  Check it out, it’s a great read! This Gigaom Pro whitepaper is 100% for our readers. What is human-generated data, you ask?  It’s the documents, spreadsheets, emails, text messages, etc. that you create, read, modify, delete, and…

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My Credit Card Was Stolen (Again). It’s OK. Here’s Why.

Nothing brings holiday cheer quite like a massive data breach.  For anyone not in the loop, retail giant Target was hacked last month, resulting in the compromise of more than 40 million credit and debit cards. My credit card was one of the unlucky ones that was pilfered and, this weekend, a thief decided to…

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10 Insights on Enterprise Data [Free eBook]

If you follow IDC’s Digital Universe study each year, you can know that the enterprise technology landscape is fast-changing.  Data growth is out of control and companies are scrambling—with limited resources—to manage, protect, and extract value from their data. So what’s next for enterprises as we approach 2014?  We collaborated with talented designer Gregory Koberger…