Varonis Data Security Platform Reviews

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Gus Awad profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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Varonis is being used by all of the organization to search for financial data to classify them and encrypt all that data.
  • Varonis accurately detects critical data on our file servers and classify them based on the type of data.
  • Encrypt all data as configured to secure the data from unauthorized access.
  • Alerting and reports gave us information that we did not have before.
  • The web interface is somewhat limited in terms of functionality
  • More licenses are required for additional features. This increases the cost to implement.
  • Customized reporting is lacking.
Is well suited for companies that need to detect financial or personal information that requires it to be scanned, reported and encrypted. It's not suitable for nonsecurity requirements.
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Score 5 out of 10
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Varonis is utilized by the information security analyst across the entire organization to address compliance of file monitoring and alerting of suspicious or high amounts of activity on file systems.
  • Varonis 7 offers real time alerting which benefits the swift action of analysts.
  • Multiple file servers can be monitored by Varonis without a heavy performance interaction.
  • Varonis is capable of meeting several industry compliance standards.
  • The Web UI could have more in-depth analysis on alerts.
  • Amount of services installed is high.
  • Additional licenses have to be purchased for additional features.
Varonis Data Security Platform is excellent for organizations of different sizes and if properly configured and tuned, allows security specialists to be aware of file activity and active directory statistics within their organization.
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Score 7 out of 10
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We are currently in our 1st year of deployment and are utilizing it across our entire organization. We mainly purchased the product for tracking account activity in active directory, but have found the added malware threat detection and notifications when group policies are changed have been added benefits for our Security and Identify and Access Management teams.
  • Searching for account permissions is much easier and granular with Varonis over normal AD users and computers
  • Having alerting when group policies are changed has been a big security group win
  • Identifying sensitive data such as PII and SOX data has also been a major win for our Organization
  • Implementation could have been a little smoother with more help from the Varonis sales team, but we managed
  • Tying it into some 3rd party systems could be more intuitive
  • Navigating the built in rules and patterns was a little clunky, but we worked through them

With minimal Identity and Access Management staff, this tool has been a blessing for quick responses to questions like:

'Who has access?' 'What are the permissions on a specific shared drive folder?' 'When was the last time a folder was modified and by who?' 'Where are all the locations that contain sensitive data such as SOX systems?'

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Score 9 out of 10
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Varonis is managed and administered within the central IT department for the organization, but, all aspects of the product are being used throughout the organization.
  • Administrative interface to manage the product
  • Reports are easily generated and very detailed
  • Classification of data works great with a low false positive/classification rate
  • Technical support from the company is exceptional
  • Sales and sales engineering from the company is exceptional
  • Product can be costly
  • Different licenses needed to add in some modules to the product
  • Data storage needed can be high depending on amount of modules and data being collected
Very well suited for organizations the require complete monitoring of environment. If categorization and identification of data is needed, this product is best in class in my opinion. If budgets are not in place, now or in the future, this product may not be the best one to choose.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Varonis is one of University Advancement’s core business partners in our effort to comply with the recent PCI and data security initiatives the University is undertaking. We needed to get control of our data but it became evident there was a great deal of data that was not identified due to the amount and length of data being stored.

Some of the key questions answered by Varonis:

  • The amount of stale and sensitive data.
  • Where was this data stored?
  • Who owned and had access to the data?
  • What were people doing with the data?

Some of the controls provided by Varonis:

1. Alerts and reports on data access and file types.

2. Notifications on high priority AD alerts, Exchange alerts, and behavioral analytics.

Varonis has given us much needed insight into our data, which has become essential in our ability to secure our environment.

  • It will scan severs for Data Classifications (Credit Cards, Social Security, HIPPA, Ferpa, etc.)
  • Detailed logging of all the writes, modified, delete, open, etc. of a file, folder, AD object, Exchange object, and sensitive data
  • Provides alerting for AD, Exchange, and Ransomeware
  • I can identify data owners of a particular share and email them quarterly entitlement reviews for permissions.
  • Speed up with website within the DatAlert site.
  1. We use Varonis on a daily basis to provide access reports to high profile data. One example is the business office report that we send to our SBO and also we use it to monitor critical Card Holder servers to match up with our Change Control documents to see which files were changes, modified, deleted, or created.
  2. We also use it to get some great informational reports like stale data reports, big data reports, exe, mp3, mov files, broken SIDs, etc.
  3. We use it for DCF (Data Classification Framework) to scan our servers for sensitive data and to stay compliant with our audits.
  4. We also use it to identify Data Owners. Varonis makes it super simple to identify these owners and then we can email them entitlement reports confirming access and they can request to change it or you can even automate it with a product like Data privilege. One important thing that most people miss is when people transfer to different departments, sometimes these people have more permissions than they need and these type of reports being sent quarterly are to help remove unneeded access.
  5. DatAlert - We use it for instant alerting (DatAlert for high priority AD alerts, exchange alerts and now Analytic alerts).
    1. The new analytics and behavior alerts are a big addition to the product. You can now see:
      1. Mass files being encrypted (Ransomware) & Behavior Patterns of Ransomware
      2. AD Permissions, OU Changes, locked accounts, etc.
      3. Detects deletion of multiple directory service objects
      4. Detects exploitation software created or modified
      5. Detects if a brute force attack is happening locking out multiple AD accounts
      6. Detects if the host file was changed
      7. Detects if system binaries are found in unusual locations
      8. Detects if Crypto tools are installed and being used
      9. Detects if Group Policy Objects have been modified and by whom
      10. This is just a few of what their product does now!
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March 17, 2017

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Score 9 out of 10
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Data Governance suite was bought in for a couple of reasons, firstly to help with the organisation classification project and secondly to control and monitor access to data across the company. In both cases this tool provided a way of viewing what data was out there along with putting some control on who was accessing what and allowing the information owners and approvers to have a realtime view of what they are agreeing to when authorizing user access.
  • Ability to structure unstructured data
  • Help with data classification projects
  • Put access controls around data
  • Find out what is happening with your data
  • Implementation can be challenging in some areas and can only be executed by the vendor
  • Implementation can only be executed by the vendor and additional work can be chargeable
  • Licensing can be improved upon
  • Agent based so implementation can be longer than expected
Data Governance is well suited to areas where there is a requirement to control user access and privileges to unorganised data, if an organisation is taking on the challenge of a data classification project then this is a great tool for finding out what data is out in the organisation. Some additional modules allow information owners and approvers to authorise user access through a web portal cutting down on a manual process and lets profile administration be auditable.
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Varonis Data Security Platform Scorecard Summary

About Varonis Data Security Platform

Varonis offers their Data Security Platform, a modular suite of data acess and data security products providing sensitive data discovery, data access governance, unusual behavior detection, GDPR compliance support, as well as incident playbooks and cybersecurity forensic reporting.

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