When multiple media companies were merged under the Havas Media Group brand, John Clark, group network manager, quickly realized that distinguishing the permissions for the various companies’ data wasn’t going to be an easy task.
To help manage the transition effectively and securely, he needed a solution that could provide:
- Visibility into user and group permissions
- Easy control over data access and permissions
- Ensure data security
After implementing Varonis DatAdvantage for Windows – in less than half a day – Havas Media significantly reduced the time it takes for the IT team to find out who is accessing, using, and deleting information from its Windows environments. Having DatAdvantage in place has helped improve security, decrease the time it takes to conduct internal audits and create reports, and gives Havas Media clients peace of mind that their data is secure.
Other benefits include:
Reduced possibility of insider threats: With a growing number of high profile brands on its client roster, Havas needed to be prepared to prove that its data is secure.
According to Clark, “With Varonis, we can prove internally and to our clients who has touched which data, and that people don’t have access to data to which they shouldn’t have access. Varonis has not only helped us to automate the permissions process while giving our clients peace of mind that their data is safe, it’s also resulted in an advantage over the competition when we pitch new clients.”
Better control and simplified management: With data spanning newly merged companies, Havas Media needed to accelerate data assessments and user data access management and ensure on an ongoing basis that only the right employees have access to the appropriate client data.
“Varonis DatAdvantage helped us get rid of the chaos, or what could have been chaos, that comes with figuring out permissions when companies are acquired under a new brand. Varonis helped make the transition much smoother,” explained Clark. “In IT, it’s a common problem to deal with permissions that seem correct, but don’t filter down properly, so you get a lot of helpdesk calls from users who can’t access what they think they should be able to. Varonis’ ability to find inconsistencies using visual indicators has been a huge help and errors have been greatly reduced.”
Clark also pointed out that the company has plans to move at least 80% of its infrastructure to the cloud. With so much unstructured data moving around and placed in different environments, Clark realized that it would be “hard to find and even harder to police,” however, with help from DatAdvantage, he and his team are confident the transition will be much easier.
“Changing security privileges on large amounts of unstructured data can cause all sorts of havoc, especially if a mistake is made. But being able to avoid mistakes by testing changes before implementing them obviously causes less stress on the company, especially the IT department. Varonis DatAdvantage has been very good at helping us do this.”
“I am very pleased with Varonis DatAdvantage, and hope to plant seeds that will grow from acorns to oaks when it comes to implementing other products in the Varonis suite,” concluded Clark.
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