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Enterprise Search Adoption Remains Low, Security Experts Cite Risk as Top Concern in Varonis Survey

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/14 -- Despite the employee productivity benefits that internal enterprise search could bring to any organization, a new survey reveals only 38% of IT departments responding have invested in or plan to invest in enterprise search capabilities for a range of reasons topped by security concerns. The survey, subject of a new report, included more than 300 enterprise IT security professionals and was conducted by Varonis Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNS), the leading provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data.

The respondents were surveyed at two major security-themed industry events, the RSA Conference in February and Infosecurity Europe in April. When asked to choose the biggest obstacle to enterprise search adoption, 68% cited the risk of employees locating and accessing files they should not have permission to view. Further, even if an enterprise search solution perfectly filters out results based on established permissions, the majority of respondents indicated they are not confident that their organization's existing permissions are accurate. Additional obstacles to enterprise search adoption most commonly cited were accuracy of the results (36%), end user adoption (29%) and the ability of solutions to scale enough to index all the data (24%).

Utilizing the results, the study was able to identify the features that an enterprise solution must have in order to fulfill the needs of employees, as well as gain acceptance from IT and security departments. Based on respondent feedback, the features in the ideal enterprise search solution must include:

  • The ability to not only enforce, but also improve upon current file permission information in the search filtering process
  • Index file contents quickly and also mirror changes as near to real-time as possible
  • Rank results based on learning about overall group behaviors by analyzing access activity

David Gibson, VP of Marketing at Varonis, said, "Given the reliance consumers have on web search and the value we all derive from it, one might think that the power to easily find business documents would be equally compelling for enterprises. But there are clearly obstacles that past approaches have failed to overcome. We knew this when we set out to build DatAnswers. By utilizing the Varonis Metadata Framework technology, DatAnswers not only applies established permissions but refines its search results to be even more effective over time as more metadata is collected. The solution understands the relationships between employees and files, and knows who is regularly accessing what content. DatAnswers provides secure results based on the organization's permissions and also identifies which permissions may be incorrect and adjusts the results accordingly."

DatAnswers, Varonis' secure enterprise search solution that provides scalable, relevant search for NAS, Windows file servers, and SharePoint files, was introduced in May. DatAnswers provides any organization with the increased employee collaboration and productivity that comes from controlled access to their company's "institutional memory" without sacrificing security.

The full enterprise search study can be found at http://info.varonis.com/enterprise-search-report.

To find out more about Varonis, DatAnswers or any of Varonis' other offerings, visit www.varonis.com.

About Varonis

Varonis is the leading provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data. Varonis provides an innovative software platform that allows enterprises to map, analyze, manage and migrate their unstructured data. Varonis specializes in human-generated data, a type of unstructured data that includes an enterprise's spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, audio files, video files, emails, text messages and any other data created by employees. This data often contains an enterprise's financial information, product plans, strategic initiatives, intellectual property and numerous other forms of vital information. IT and business personnel deploy Varonis software for a variety of use cases, including data governance, data security, archiving, file synchronization, enhanced mobile data accessibility and information collaboration. As of March 31, 2014, Varonis had approximately 2,550 customers, spanning leading firms in the financial services, public, healthcare, industrial, energy & utilities, technology, consumer and retail, education and media & entertainment sectors.

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