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Varonis Goes for the Lockdown

With more and more firms suffering high-profile security breaches, startup Varonis is touting a storage-based access solution which it claims can help lock down corporate data.

Retail giant TJX recently became the latest firm to suffer a high-profile security breach, when it was revealed that hackers gained access to customer credit card transactions, reportedly stealing data from over 45 million cards. This followed headline-grabbing security breaches at Marriott Hotels and ChoicePoint, which was eventually fined $15 million after a key customer database was hacked. (See ChoicePoint Fined $15M, The Year in Insecurity, Holiday Shoppers Fear ID Theft, and Financial Security: Priceless.)

The startup's flagship product is a software solution called DatAdvantage, which shows who is accessing files on Windows-based NAS systems and file servers. The solution installs agent software on the file servers and uses APIs on the NAS boxes to compile this data. According to Varonis, the software can also reveal when the files were created, re-opened or renamed.

Former NetApp exec Yaki Faitelson, who is the Varonis co-founder and CEO, told Byte and Switch that the idea for the technology was born out of his past experiences in professional services. "One of our customers did a storage consolidation and deleted massive amounts of data -- they asked, 'Who did this?' " he says.

The startup has racked up about 50 customers since its launch in January 2005. These include publishing giant Cond Nast, Juniper Networks, and flash memory specialist msytems, recently bought by SanDisk. (See SanDisk Buys msystems.)

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