New software to help MSPs address SME file-monitoring challenges

Cybersecurity firm IS Decisions has launched FileAudit 6, enabling IT pros to monitor access to company-sensitive files and folders on Windows Active Directory-based servers alongside Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, Box and Microsoft OneDrive.

The new software launches at the same time as research by IS Decisions that found that 56% of SMBs that operate a hybrid storage environment have difficulty with securing their data, while almost two thirds (63%) believe that cloud storage providers should do more to protect their data.

Easy to install and available on subscription, FileAudit enhances data security across cloud and on-premises environments in one simple interface that offers a real-time and historical audit trail of who accessed (or attempted to access) critical files, what they did, when they did it and where they did it from.

FileAudit also alerts on abnormal actions, helping teams to quickly identify inappropriate file activity and potential abuse. In addition, comprehensive and centralised reporting gives precise answers about malicious access, alteration or the destruction of sensitive files. Moreover, the software can now automate responses to specific file activity to save IT teams time. Whenever an action triggers an alert, FileAudit can execute a script, for example to either log off a user or shut down a machine.

FileAudit also enables customers to make monitoring file access easy through delegation, which helps both productivity and security. Delegating the responsibility of administering file access to those that are more actively involved in the organisation means that those responsible can make better decisions about what ‘normal’ access looks like, while also making it easier to spot anomalies more quickly, keeping files safe while lightening the burden on the IT team.

Commenting on the launch, IS Decisions founder and CEO François Amigorena said: “Many organisations now use a mixture of cloud and on-premises infrastructure for storage. But the reason SMBs are currently struggling with file monitoring is because they don’t have consistent view for data access.

“Clearly there’s a serious market need for technology like FileAudit, and over the last few years we’ve upgraded the software regularly to make it easier for our partners to sell to customers.”

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