File Auditing is a way of identifying and indexing the documents on your network. While you can do this manually, it can be a time-consuming process, especially if your data is stored in multiple locations. File auditing solutions not only index your files, but also log when and how the file is used, making note of which users have access to the file, and details of any changes made to the file.
Having an effective file auding solution as part of your organization’s security strategy is mandated by many regulatory bodies – depending on your sector, failure to effectively audit files can lead to penalties, fines, and even suspension of your right to operate.
Many cybersecurity insurance providers will also expect you to have an efficient file auditing solution in place before they agree to extend cover to you. Their expectations will often be in-line with the recommendations of relevant regulatory bodies.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the best file auditing solutions currently available. We’ll assess each product’s key features, and note the type of organization that would benefit from their use. Not all of the solutions in this list are dedicated file auditing solutions – instead, some are comprehensive data management suites that offer file auditing as one of their features.