File Servers continue to be the dominant storage systems for corporate content files, shares, folders and documents. With the volume of corporate file server data exploding in the past decade, organizations require policy driven security measures to protect their information assets.
Windows NTFS provides a comprehensive security model to store and retrieve file server data by letting users decide and enforce who can access what and perform what actions on files, shares, folders and documents. Your File server data is accessed by different users in the organization for secure storage and retrieval of data, running to several thousands of gigabytes residing in various networked storage servers.
File server security threats are often a result of internal violation of security policies and guidelines by users and administrators usually find it difficult to mitigate such threats due to the number of users accumulating and accessing huge volumes of data over a period of time. Internal threats are highly likely to be present in Shares, Folders and Files (including deeply hidden ones) and cause potential security vulnerabilities unless they are minimized by sound security management policies and guidelines.
Security issues in Windows File Servers may arise due to complex group memberships, inadvertent sharing of folders and files using NTFS Shares, inappropriate NTFS permissions such as Full Access to folders and so on. Many of these and more may give rise to potential security threat points that may cause security breaches resulting in loss of confidential data.