Varonis Tool Provides Greater Visibility into Microsoft Exchange Data

Varonis Systems Inc., a provider of data governance software, has released a new version of its solution, targeted at Microsoft Exchange administrators seeking increased visibility and control over mailboxes and public folders. DatAdvantage for Exchange provides greater visibility into activities, such as who deleted a message or a folder; who changed permissions; who sent a message on behalf of someone else; who changed the content of an email and forwarded it as or on behalf of the original sender; who accessed an inbox, read emails and then marked them as unread.

The new toolset is built upon the Varonis Metadata Framework, which is designed to collect and aggregate enormous amounts of metadata, normalize it, store it, analyze it, and present actionable information to both messaging staff and non-IT users. "The Varonis Metadata Framework continually collects and analyzes metadata over all key unstructured and semi structured data stores, including file servers, SharePoint, and Exchange," David Gibson, director of strategic accounts and technical marketing for Varonis, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

The challenge with the Microsoft Exchange native journaling and diagnostics tools is that they only capture a limited amount of data, according to Varonis. Varonis Metadata Framework technology employs file system filtering to bypass the limitations of standard file system auditing capabilities and Exchange journaling and diagnostics mechanisms. "With this latest update, our customers not only have a critical audit trail that they didn't have previously, but they also benefit from Varonis' automated analysis of that audit trail," says Gibson.

Varonis DatAdvantage for Exchange automates tasks that administrators are already doing manually hundreds of times every day. The tool enables customers to manage mailboxes and public folders alongside file servers and SharePoint sites through the Metadata Framework and Varonis DatAdvantage UI.

With Varonis DatAdvantage for Exchange, customers have detailed permissions and activity intelligence enabling them to clean up access to shared mailboxes and public folders, find lost messages, automatically audit and track message activity, and identify spikes in activity.  "By tracking activity and creating a baseline for each individual in the organization, Varonis detects and alerts on statistical variance in any user's behavior. These spikes in activity may be due to malware, configuration errors, intruders or employee abuse," says Gibson.

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