GDPR Watch – Auditing Data Access

To satisfy the GDPR companies will need to track who had access to personal data, when, and why.

Access is controlled by Identity Management authorisations and access control, but the actual access to the data should be logged. Automatic Audit logging tracks user activities for any and all file events and enables extranal audit and/or subject access requests to be satisfied easily and effectively.

Continue reading “GDPR Watch – Auditing Data Access”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Monitoring the Enterprise File Fabric with Prometheus and Grafana

Like any server application, to successfully host and operate the Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric™, you have to monitor and maintain your environment.  Together with the latest File Fabric release we are excited to announce the availability of the SME Observe package, that gives you quick relevant stats into your environment. To take advantage of our automatic installer you have to use File Fabric release versions 1705 or 1712, and initially run the SME deployment as an All-in-One, meaning the database runs on the same host as the webserver. Stay tuned for more information on advanced deployment scenarios.

Continue reading “Monitoring the Enterprise File Fabric with Prometheus and Grafana”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

How to discover PII Data on any local or remote Storage

A number of compliance standards hinge on identifying and protecting Personal Information.  This Personal Information can take many forms including Personal Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and Sensitive Personal Information (SPI).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the newest compliance standard sweeping the industry.  However existing compliance standards such as HIPPA , GLBA and FERPA all require strict controls of personal data. Fines for violating compliance skyrocket with GDPR, so how should Enterprises find and classify existing PII data?

Introducing the PII Scanning and Detection engine for the Enterprise File Fabric…

Continue reading “How to discover PII Data on any local or remote Storage”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Replacing the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) to securely access on-premises DFS or SMB File Shares

Providing remote users with access to on-premises file systems, such as Microsoft DFS or Windows CIFS / SMB shares,  can be a hard task, especially as multiple security layers often exist, like firewalls and VPNs.

Some companies have opted to solve this challenge by deploying the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) as a bridge to provide users who are remote with access to these on premise systems. The UAG was a software solution, facilitating access to file shares, intranets and corporate systems.

The Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now officially deprecated.

Continue reading “Replacing the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) to securely access on-premises DFS or SMB File Shares”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Access Microsoft Distributed File System Shares (DFS) from a web browser using the Enterprise File Fabric – Part 1

Access Microsoft Distributed File System Shares (DFS) from a web browserThis blog post will highlight how a company can leverage their existing Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) infrastructure as a part of their cloud strategy. Companies will be able to treat DFS shares as cloud storage and automatically create cloud DFS shares for users based on their DFS home directory.

Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) is a technology that allows multiple servers to host a single file share, providing fault tolerance and performance enhancement for multi-site Active Directory topologies.

Microsoft introduced DFS as an add-on to Windows NT 4.0, and DFS has been included in all versions of Windows since Windows 2000. DFS consists of a server component, included in all versions of Windows Server, and a client component, included in all versions of Windows. It works with the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol (sometimes referred to as Windows networking). The SMB protocol is also more commonly known as the Common Internet File System (CIFS). Continue reading “Access Microsoft Distributed File System Shares (DFS) from a web browser using the Enterprise File Fabric – Part 1”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather