Who accessed a particular file share, and what changes happened? If you’re not able to answer this question quickly, you’re not alone. Monitoring file changes is one of the simplest tasks in keeping sensitive data safe but also one of the most neglected areas in many environments. FileAudit addresses this weakness with an easy-to-use reporting and alerting tool.
There are several best practice techniques on the security of Windows file sharing but when it comes to monitoring and auditing for access and changes, Windows operating system’s native tools are inefficient and don’t scale well.
It isn’t much fun having to review audit entries in the Windows Server Security Log on each file server. To find out something as simple as “Who accessed your protected files today and what changes happened?” requires much more work than just skimming through the event log data. It requires meticulous research into specific field values within multiple log entries, all to “puzzle piece” your way to a potential answer.
FileAudit allows administrators to pinpoint access and monitor changes to selected files.
FileAudit offers real trace-ability of changes made. It monitors your file system resources continuously to instantly provide accurate and comprehensive information about access events and access attempts.
By tracking the User, IP Address and Machine Name, you know exactly who changed what and where the change took place, including events made remotely.
Find out the answers you need on certain activity with far less effort. Numerous filters mean you can zoom in and focus only on the information you need.
Tip: If you’re looking at just recent activity – from the last 4 weeks – click on any user, file or folder and you get a detailed insight into the access and usage of that particular data set.
Administrators can set customized alerts in real time, on any type of access event (or access attempts).
Some of the unusual activity you should be looking for include:
FileAudit consolidates access events from multiple servers. Complete visibility in what’s going on across your organization helps you gain precise answers to question such as “What files did John Smith change last week?”
FileAudit embraces a role-based access control (RBAC) model in which you can delegate sub-administrative access to the FileAudit management console.
The reality is, those closest to the files have a much better sense of whether someone’s access – or use of permissions – is proper. By utilizing users closest to a set of files and providing them a way to quickly review and identify inappropriate activity, IT improves its both their own productivity and the organizations’ security.
It’s critical to monitor all changes to sensitive data. Not only unauthorized access but authorized as well.
Inappropriate access or changes to files and folders, whether intentional or not, could put an organization at risk of data loss, a security breach and non-compliance. FileAudit provides the centralized monitoring and analysis of file activity necessary to better secure your organization’s data.
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