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Netwrix Auditor for
Windows File Servers

Complete visibility into changes, data access and data usage on file servers

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File Auditing Software for Windows File Servers

Reduce security risks around sensitive data stored on your Windows file servers with file server auditing software from Netwrix. Focus on your most severe security risks with deep visibility into overprovisioned access to sensitive data, changes to permissions and activity around critical files. Minimize the impact of incidents by detecting and investigating threats faster.

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Control over data access rights

Know exactly who has access to which files and folders, and spot data that is overexposed. You can also easily compare the current state of effective permissions to any point in the past.

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Identify changes that put your data at risk with visibility into changes to files, folders and permissions, including the crucial who, what, when and where details.

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Exercise control over data access attempts by reporting on both successful and failed read attempts across multiple Windows-based file servers and shares.

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Insight into sensitive data

Focus your security efforts on confidential information by knowing where it’s located and who has access to it. These reports work only in conjunction with Netwrix Data Classification.

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Respond quickly to a ransomware attack or suspicious insider activity by being notified whenever there have been too many file modifications or failed attempts to access sensitive data in a short period of time.

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Accurately enforce the least-privilege principle by delegating access review to data owners and enabling them to approve current permissions or request changes with the optional access reviews module.

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Make compliance less burdensome with out-of-the-box reports mapped to GDPR, PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, FISMA/NIST, CJIS and other common standards.

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Easily zero in on the exact details you need about an incident, whether it’s all access events associated with a particular user or all activity related to a certain file or a folder with sensitive data.

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Assess and remediate risks related to data security, such as data available to the “Everyone” group and potentially harmful files on your file servers.

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Identify user accounts with abnormal activity across your on-premises and cloud-based systems, and identify the top threats at a glance by checking the risk score for each user.

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File analysis reports

Improve data management processes with detailed information on data ownership, data usage, and data volumes, and identifying stale and duplicate files.

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Non-intrusive architecture

Avoid system downtime and other disruptions to vital business processes by choosing a solution that collects audit data without the use of agents.

Improve security and ensure regulatory compliance with Netwrix Windows file server auditing software

To comply with external regulations and ensure data security, organizations must audit their Windows file servers. Performing Windows file auditing helps detect leaks and unauthorized modifications of sensitive data. Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers automates file server auditing and reporting, thereby mitigating the risk of compliance failures and problems with data integrity, availability and confidentiality.

Identify your most significant risks and close those gaps first

By combining Netwrix Auditor with Netwrix Data Classification, you can know exactly what types of sensitive data are stored on your file servers, where that data is located, who has access rights to it and how it’s being used. Review this information regularly with the Windows file server auditing tool from Netwrix.

Maintain access to data at the least-privilege level

To reduce the impact of security incidents, you need to regularly right-size user access rights to data shares. But how can IT pros do that, since they don’t know who should have what access? With file share auditing software from Netwrix, you can unburden your IT team and delegate this task to data owners.

Detect security incidents and speed response

Reduce the impact of security incidents by detecting and investigating them easily with file access auditing software from Netwrix. Filter out irrelevant noise and get only the details you need with flexible filtering by user, system, object, data category and more. (Data classification context is only available in conjunction with Netwrix Data Classification.)

Gain confidence in your compliance posture

Ease the compliance burden with out-of-the-box reports aligned with GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS and many other standards. Impress auditors by answering their specific questions in a flash using the intuitive search.

Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers

Read how Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers can help you improve data governance, prove compliance, and ensure the integrity, availability and confidentiality of data across your Windows file servers.

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Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers

Learn more about how Netwrix Data Classification can empower you to locate critical data across your file servers and focus your auditing efforts in accordance with its value or sensitivity.

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"Controlling access to sensitive data is one of our priorities, since we must comply with numerous industry standards. Netwrix Auditor helps us to ensure that there is no room for unauthorized actions that could potentially compromise sensitive data and damage our customers."
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On Premises

Download a free 20-day trial of Netwrix Auditor and deploy it on Microsoft Windows Server.

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Download our virtual appliance and start using Netwrix Auditor without having to provision any hardware or software.

Auditing file access on file servers with Netwrix Auditor

Information workers rely on file servers and storage devices for accessing critical files: HR files, financial data, business plans and more. Though content owners and IT departments work together to ensure that data is available only to those who need it, simply setting up all configurations on file servers and leaving them alone is not enough to protect confidential information from unauthorized access. That's why it's a must to constantly keep tabs on file access and monitor user activity on file servers.

File access auditing software from Netwrix tracks all file read events across multiple file servers and reports on them, with detailed information about who tried to read which file, when and where the attempt was made, and whether the attempt was successful. This enables organizations of any size to tighten their data security and adhere to compliance regulations.

A comprehensive solution for file system auditing

By default, file systems lack any easy-to-use change and configuration auditing and don’t provide any capabilities for file integrity monitoring. Therefore auditing a file system becomes an exhausting manual process. Logging into each server, searching through hundreds of event logs, formatting reports and distributing them on a scheduled basis takes too much time and is prone to error.

Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers overcomes the limitations of native auditing and automates the manual work by providing comprehensive file system tracking capabilities. By showing who changed what, when and where each change was made, and the current and previous values, Netwrix Auditor transforms complicated audit logs into easy-to-understand information.

File permissions audit software for data security and compliance

Lack of proper audit capabilities for file server permissions puts critical data at risk. Accidental or malicious changes to file permissions can lead to unauthorized access or unwanted changes to content, which could result in data loss, interrupted business processes or failed compliance audits.

Windows Server file permissions audit software from Netwrix provides a complete picture of the current state of permissions, as well as all changes made to them within a specified time frame. Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers helps IT administrators confirm on a regular basis that only eligible employees have access to confidential files and that no file permissions have been changed without their approval.

Improved data security and storage efficiency with the file analysis tool from Netwrix

In order to protect business data on file servers and keep storage costs under control at the same time, enterprises need to gain visibility into everything happening on file servers. Who has access to what? Are there any redundant permissions? Which files and folders are no longer in use and can be defensibly deleted? Who owns the largest files? With file analysis software that helps answer these questions, it's much easier to make informed decisions regarding further data management actions.

Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers provides detailed file analysis reports that enable security professionals and storage managers to better understand their organizations' data structures and their usage, so they can make proactive and well-informed information management decisions.

Simplified audit checks with the file server reporting tool from Netwrix

IT professionals are often asked by their manager or auditors to provide comprehensive reports with answers to specific questions about file servers, such as who made permission changes during the last two days. Reporting tools that can provide this detailed information are therefore of the utmost necessity.

Because native tools don't deliver any reports, IT admins have to implement multiple scripts to export information about activity in file systems running on Windows Server. The file auditing capabilities offered by Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers eliminate all that work. By providing insightful reports on changes and access to files and folders on your Windows Server, as well as file server configurations and file server permissions, the solution simplifies audits and slashes IT workload.