Soka University mitigates risk of privilege abuse with Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix IT auditing software strengthens security of university’s network and enables complete visibility of Active Directory changes and privileged user activities

Irvine, CA, September 29, 2015

Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that maximizes visibility of IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced that Soka University of America has selected Netwrix Auditor as its core IT auditing solution. Netwrix Auditor will help SUA gain deeper visibility into critical Active Directory changes and keep a closer watch on privileged user activities for stronger security and more granular control over Active Directory environment.

Soka University of America is a private, non-profit liberal arts college and graduate school in the City of Aliso Viejo, California. Established in 1987, SUA has been consistently appearing in the top national rankings for Best Liberal Arts Colleges. Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs, coming from over 40 countries across the globe.

Soka University of America wanted to reduce the likelihood of security incidents caused by privileged users and Active Directory scripts and improve visibility into privileged user behavior across all levels of Active Directory infrastructure. Netwrix Auditor helped Soka University increase awareness of who does what, when and where in Active Directory and what permissions have been granted, and establish better control over changes in Active Directory and Group Policy made by users with extended permissions, e.g. systems administrators. Continuous monitoring, reporting, and alerts on all configuration, content, and security changes allowed IT department of Soka University to identify potentially malicious activities more easily and become more proactive when managing security risks.

Jeff Gardea, Systems Administrator at SUA, commented, "Netwrix software enabled us to see what is actually going on, how the scripts are running, and what we can troubleshoot in case anything goes wrong. With an in-depth overview of privileged user activities, now we can make sure that nobody is giving any access rights that weren’t meant to be given, and no one is making changes that can potentially compromise our IT infrastructure."

"Educational entities face wide range of security challenges driven by the need to protect sensitive data while supporting ever-changing networks where the turnover of users is extremely high," said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. "Such uncertainty creates a fertile breeding ground for various forms of cyber-crime, including insider misuse and abuse of privileges. Although educational institutions do not function like enterprises, hospitals or any other types of organization, they need the same level of IT security. When protecting the most valuable assets properly it is vital to have complete visibility of who does what, where and when across all critical IT systems, and ensure internal controls are in place, so not a single activity is ignored or overlooked."

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About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation is a provider of IT auditing software that maximizes visibility into who changed what, when and where and who has access to what in the IT infrastructure. Over 6,000 customers worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has more than 70 industry awards and was named to the Inc. 5000 list and Deloitte Technology Fast 500. For more information, visit

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