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This article was written by Avia Navickas at Varonis.

Varonis is proud to be named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Security Platforms, Q1 2023. As the vendor with the highest score in the strategy category, we believe Varonis is well-positioned to help organizations achieve the data security outcomes they want, without burdening their security teams.

According to the Forrester report, "Varonis is a top choice for organizations prioritizing deep data visibility, classification capabilities, and automated remediation for data access."

To us, Varonis' strength in intelligent, automated access remediation is one of the most differentiated and important features for data security programs today. It's the only way to effectively reduce the impact of a cyberattack — especially as cloud collaboration rapidly expands data security risks.

In the Forrester report, Varonis received the highest possible scores in 12 criteria, including "data classification", "data threat and risk visibility", and "data access controls", as well as in "commercial model", "execution roadmap", and "supporting products and services".

Automated data security — a winning strategy

Varonis believes the future of data security is automated. With the pace at which data risks are growing, especially as more organizations move to the cloud, automation is the only way security teams can stay ahead.

Forget the old days of IT provisioning access to data. In today's world, users are in control of permissions — with the simple click of a "share" button. From the data risk assessments Varonis does, we find that the average organization has over 40M different permission structures. Even with an army of admins, it's impossible to keep up with this level of data exposure that is ever-growing.

That's where automated data security comes in. "Varonis excels in data visibility and automation," states the Forrester report. Varonis believes that when automation is harnessed in the right way — powered by intelligence — it can help security teams not only proactively limit the damage of attacks, but also quickly detect and respond to data security risks.

Proactive incident response

The tactics and techniques that cybercriminals use are ever-changing, but the target is the same — they're after data. At Varonis, we can catch threats other solutions miss because we're watching data. We've always included incident response help with our subscriptions and trials, but now as part of our SaaS subscription, we introduced Proactive Incident Response. With Proactive Incident Response, our expert team of incident responders, forensics analysts, and security analysts watch and investigate our customers' alerts for them.

The Forrester report says, "Varonis has a unique approach of including incident response services as a part of the customer experience on top of a rich array of support and guidance through a customized operational plan led by an in-house Varonis expert."

As security teams continue to be spread thin, the combination of intelligent automation and expert cybersecurity help are essential to stay ahead of cybercriminals. Instead of surfacing more alerts for already time-strapped security teams to manage, we escalate real incidents.

The highest possible marks in the manageability and support criterion

In addition to the highest possible score Varonis received in the supporting products and services criterion, Forrester's assessment gave Varonis the highest possible marks in the manageability and support and commercial model criteria.

With our SaaS deployment option, Varonis has never been easier to operationalize. Varonis can be installed in just a few minutes and starts providing insights instantly. As new threats surface or new regulations come into play, Varonis SaaS automatically updates with new threat models and classification policies.

We've simplified our packaging and added additional purchasing channels like the AWS and Azure marketplaces, making it easier for customers to acquire our technology — sometimes even with funds they've already spent.

At Varonis, we're doing everything we can to help our customers achieve outcomes effortlessly.

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