Windows File Server Auditing with FileAudit

With the limited usefulness of native Windows Tools, FileAudit is a software solution that greatly enhances file and folder access auditing across Windows file servers.

Windows File Server Auditing Software

Although Windows Active Directory includes native policies to audit file changes, admins turn to third party software to enhance security and ease regulatory compliance.

As an agentless solution, FileAudit leverages existing Windows Platform technologies to create a real-time monitoring and alerting solution on all access or access attempts. This gives IT professionals the optimal visibility into what is happening with their files and the opportunity to react quickly to potential abuse.When native Windows Tools don’t cut itManual event log analysis using native Windows auditing can be a tedious and time-consuming task, decrypting hundreds or even thousands of events, and attempting to retrieve those of interest generates endless hours of non value added work and creates a significant risk of error.

File Audit simplifies the task.

Powerful filtering capabilities exclude irrelevant data to focus only on insightful and actionable information. Auditing can also be configured to exclude certain user accounts, application or file types to obtain only the pertinent access audit an organization needs.

file access auditing exclude access events

Other limitations with native auditing include no reporting, alerting or long term storage of data.

FileAudit overcomes these security limitations.

Customized reporting consolidates access events from multiple file servers. Intelligent alerts are specified for specific access events. Long-term archiving provides a secure audit trail and granular control over the monitoring is offered with an intuitive management console.

Download an overview of FileAudit vs Native Windows Server Auditing

Guard against information theft, alteration or deletion

Today’s move to a digital workforce means there are more and more reasons for employees (and business partners) to require access to information assets to perform their job. This poses a serious challenge for IT administrators everywhere. It can be a daunting task trying to identify suspicious access behavior and stop the theft, alteration or deletion of an organization’s most sensitive information.

Whilst all industries suffer from the risk from intellectual property, it’s not only corporate data at risk.

  • In healthcare the need to safeguard sensitive patient data – electronic health records – is driving better security practice.
  • In law the challenge is around the falsification of sensitive documents – the risk of tampered files being unsuitable for use in court.
  • Banks are obvious high profile targets but not just for fraud. The personal data they gather on customers is valuable in itself.

Enhancing the monitoring and auditing of all file access and actions is a critical need – for organizations across all sectors.

Case Study Insight

This Law Enforcement Division choose FileAudit to protect files and folders from both malicious and accidental employee activity

“Our previous system was not able to give us succinct readable data, which made managing systems extremely time consuming. It was also hard to search the system and query where files had been changed.”

monitoring shared folder access

“We were being asked by police and admin staff where sensitive files had gone, who had deleted documents and why changes they had once made were not saved. With so many different levels of staff, from officers, administrators and data entry in-putters being able to access documents and override each other’s work at the same time we had no way of knowing who had made changes or even who had deleted documents.”

Read the full case study here

Prove compliance with comprehensive file server auditing

Many sectors also work under strict regulatory standards such as IS0 27002, HIPAA and PCI DSS. They need to prove to regulators that sensitive information is being protected effectively through comprehensive monitoring on all access activity to files, folders and file shares.

The granular level of file access management provided by FileAudit helps organizations meet and exceed the regulatory requirements and avoid penalties.

Case Study Insight

CommuniCare Health Centers choose FileAudit to track abnormal access and movement of electronic health records to meet both HIPAA and PCI DSS compliance

The organisation has 450 employees including highly-trained healthcare providers who need access to electronic health records to deliver integrated primary care.

fileaudit screenshot

FileAudit does exactly what it says on the tin. It monitors and audits how files are accessed by employees on a granular level based on their job function. The user interface is very well designed so you don’t have to be tech savvy to use it which was important to our administrators who don’t have an IT background.”

Read the full case study here

Further granular access auditing and reporting

FileAudit also implements sophisticated contextual functions to help detect and combat malicious access and alteration of sensitive information on Windows Servers.

  • Alerts can be sent when mass access, copying, deletion or moving of bulk files is detected – a strong indication of a potential breach.

windows file server mass access alerts

  • By tracking and identifying the source IP address, FileAudit will indicate where the user has accessed the file from, including if the user accessed the file from a different workstation, or remote data access.

realtime ip address access monitoring

  • Granular time and date alterting parameters help minimise the risk from access at unusual or unexpected times.

alerts to irregular time file access

These features go further than ever in providing IT security professionals a complete picture of the access events on their organizations sensitive data.

A Free Fully Functional 30 Day FileAudit Trial

Easy to use, it’s just as easy to configure.

Install in less than 3 minutes, just select the files you intend to audit and your up and running.

Don’t take our word for it, Download now the fully functional free trial and see for yourself how easily FileAudit can bring a new level of security to your Windows File Servers.

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Chris is Directeur Général Adjoint of IS Decisions. IS Decisions software offers organizations proven and effective solutions to help protect a Windows Active Directory Network against external attacks and the insider threat.

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