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1tb Swiss Army Knife makes defending corporate data more important than ever


11/01/2012



By Maximilian Clarke

Commenting on the launch of the Victorinox one-terabyte Swiss Army Knife - unveiled on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas - Varonis Systems says that, with these levels of data storage hidden in a humble pocket knife, organisations need to take extra care when defending their corporate data.

For example, says David Gibson, the data governance specialist's technical director, if staff can walk out of a building with such dizzying volumes of data in their pockets, physical security staff would have to be extraordinarily lucky to discover a member of staff to detect a rogue employee looking to steal what - for many corporates - would represent an image of their entire sales and customer database.

"And with this fast USB drive-equipped Swiss Army Knife being capable of 150 MB/s data write speeds, you really getting are into ‘Mission Impossible’ territory when it comes to defending your data against such electronic heisting," he said.

"The problem facing many organisations, however, is the prospect of stale, excessive permissions, and the absence of an audit trail-- who is doing what with their data - and when - and complying with regulations that mandate that access controls are properly maintained, and use of data is monitored," he added.

The Varonis technical director went on to say that one of the problems with managing and protecting data on corporate IT systems is that around two-thirds of the information is typically stored in an unstructured and archival format.

Put simply, he explained, this unstructured data is notoriously difficult to track, owing to the volume of data, the enormous number of files, the complexity of the hierarchies and the permissions structure, and the amount of access events that are generated each day.

Gibson says that the problem facing IT security... continued on page two >

 

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