College Sets the Standard for its Entire District with Improved Control over 650,000 User Accounts
Fresno City College enhances control over the IT environment and ensures solid protection of sensitive data with Netwrix Auditor
Irvine, CA, November 7, 2017
Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today announced that Fresno City College leverages Netwrix Auditor to monitor 650,000 user accounts for the entire State Center Community College District (SCCCD) to strengthen the security of the shared IT environment and data.
Fresno City College was founded in 1910 in Fresno, California, and became the first community college in the U.S. Now the college is a part of the SCCCD and shares a private cloud IT infrastructure with the other entities in the district. To be more proactive against security violations, the college’s IT team needed visibility into Active Directory and Windows file servers. That visibility would enable them to improve security controls, protect critical data (including sensitive student and employee information, such as PII, payment data, educational and healthcare records), and detect and deal with potentially harmful activity before it caused any damage.
The IT team at Fresno City College chose Netwrix Auditor based on peer recommendation, and now they use the solution to improve security across the entire district, monitoring about 650,000 user accounts overall. The solution enabled Fresno City College to achieve the following results:
- Constant awareness of user activity for prevention of security breaches. While Netwrix Auditor is managed by one person, the intelligence it provides is shared with all administrators of the district. They review reports on user activity on a daily basis and receive alerts on important changes, such as the modification of a high-level security group, so they can immediately take action on potentially harmful activity to prevent security breaches.
- Fast investigation of IT security incidents. Before the district deployed Netwrix Auditor, investigations of suspicious activity were often cumbersome — and nearly impossible if they required a look at historical data. Now the team quickly addresses IT issues and can determine whether a security breach occurred.
- Control over access to sensitive data. Monitoring all manipulations of data across all network shares and file servers is now a critical part of maintaining security for the district. This practice ensures the confidentiality of protected data and increases the accountability of employees.
"We are very unique about how big we are. Netwrix has done an absolutely wonderful job of addressing our needs and enabling us to monitor over 650,000 user accounts for the entire district and maintain security of our back end. If the software disappeared from our environment, it would be disastrous. Without it, going through the security logs of over 140 servers on our campus alone every time we need to investigate something and being proactive towards malicious activity would be simply impossible," said Doug Schreiner, systems technical resource analyst at Fresno City College.
"Large organizations with thousands of users and complex IT environments usually lack the insight into user activity they need to quickly detect, investigate and remediate incidents. Organizations must gain more visibility into user activity; otherwise, their security initiatives are limited to a certain number of known threats, instead of addressing any attack from inside or outside," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.
To read the complete case study, please visit: https://www.netwrix.com/go/fresnocitycollege
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Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com
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