User-generated digital data, such as text documents, spreadsheets, presentation program files, images, diagrams and videos, comprises up to 90 percent of all data organizations manage and store today. This unstructured data is growing rapidly, often outpacing the growth of structured data or tabular data stored in databases. Because of its dynamic nature and the methods used to create and handle it, unstructured data can open multiple opportunities for exfiltration, especially in larger organizations. In particular, the challenge of properly restricting access to this data can make it difficult to ensure its confidentiality and availability, keep compliance costs low, and successfully pass compliance audits.
In addition to these security and compliance challenges, there are also problems with increased demand for physical and human resources. Unstructured data can cause excessive consumption of disk space, which in turn slows down service operations such as backups, reducing IT efficiency. And having to navigate through numerous large folders and files makes it harder for users to find the information they need to do their jobs, dragging down productivity enterprise-wide.
By adopting holistic information governance strategies, organizations can mitigate the risks associated with keeping data secure and compliant, optimize storage costs, and manage their unstructured data more efficiently so they can make better business decisions.
Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers is a visibility and data governance application that enables control over unstructured data, file usage activity, and changes to security settings and folder structures. Its integrated data activity tracking and analysis capabilities enable organizations to reduce the risk of leakage of valuable corporate data, pass compliance audits more easily, reduce storage costs and make better information management decisions.
Netwrix Auditor for Windows File Servers significantly simplifies the task of analyzing existing collections of unstructured data and getting them under proper control by enabling you to:
- See who has access to what data with easy-to-read reports on account permissions granted on files and folders;
- Avoid privilege abuse by proactively spotting excessive permissions and inheritance breaks;
- Ensure accountability by identifying real and potential data owners;
- Detect anomalous user behavior by analyzing data usage statistics;
- Stay aware of all security changes;
- Detect back-door or otherwise inappropriate access to sensitive data with reports on both failed and successful access attempts;
- Gain visibility into open shares and folders, and keep tabs on the most frequently used file types and the largest files;
- Reduce risks and costs by finding empty folders, duplicate files and stale data.