90%+

Operational savings (1-2 wks to perform search queries vs. 1 hr)

Identified

Data exposure to avoid risk of data breach and negative PR

FTE

Free up full-time employees for higher-value work

Overview

City of Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota with over 182,000 citizens. With a 4% annual growth rate, the city is quickly evolving into a major metropolitan area of the Midwest. With a growing population of citizens, the city is faced with an exponentially increasing data footprint and massive data sprawl, making it harder to discover and protect sensitive employee and citizen data.

Brandon Morris, Systems Administrator, is part of a 28-person IT team supporting the city’s central services for its 1,200 employees and citizens, including managing the control center for fire, police, and rescue. “We have access to all kinds of citizen data, such as health clinic records, permits, and personally identifiable information (PII). We must ensure its privacy and confidentiality. As a result, it is critical that we implement strong and continuous data governance processes,” said Morris. “Rubrik’s Polaris Sonar furthers our data governance strategy by providing visibility into where sensitive content resides and within previously dark repositories, allowing us to minimize risk of data exposure and breaches and drive continuous compliance.”

With Rubrik’s management simplicity, automated SLA policy engine, and Live Mount functionality, City of Sioux Falls has seen significant time savings and dramatically improved restore times to better serve its citizens.

Rubrik’s Polaris Sonar furthers our data governance strategy by providing visibility into where sensitive content resides and within previously dark repositories, allowing us to minimize risk of data exposure and breaches and drive continuous compliance.

Brandon Morris
Systems Administrator

Challenges

  1. Manual processes consisting of complex scripting and spreadsheet management (40-80 manhours per incident)
  2. Lack of visibility and control over where sensitive data resides
  3. Costly classification processes requiring multiple full-time engineers and dedicated teams

Results

  1. 90%+ operational savings (1-2 wks to perform search queries vs. 1 hr)
  2. Identified data exposure to avoid risk of data breach and negative PR
  3. Free up full-time employees for higher-value work
  4. Up and running in less than 30 minutes with zero additional infrastructure required

Business Transformation

  1. Eliminated complex, manual compliance, and audit processes
  2. Drive massive productivity savings
  3. Dramatically improved restore times

Challenges

Automating manual processes to drive productivity back to the business

In the past, sensitive data discovery and classification tasks were extremely manual and labor-intensive, requiring dedicated teams of several full-time engineers. “Prior to Rubrik, we didn’t have any tools to search for and categorize sensitive data. When we had to find documents that contained certain types of content, several employees would have to manually script queries for each keyword one at a time for each possible location. I could never run it across our entire environment as this only worked on a small data set and required us to know where we suspected sensitive content to reside. On top of that, the interface was very difficult to use,” said Morris.

“The last time we had to run through this process, it was very painful and timeconsuming, requiring 40-80 man-hours. Each search query would take about 1-2 weeks with several days to perform the scan of our applications for each keyword. We then had to manually categorize all that data into spreadsheets. The amount of manhours is too expensive,” said Morris. “With Polaris Sonar, we can completely automate the process and search on-demand for hundreds of queries across all our file servers. Now, it takes just 1 hour to perform a search query. That means we can run data classification seamlessly in the background without dedicated teams and multiple full-time engineers, giving us massive productivity gains and freeing up employees for higher-value work.”

Each search query would take about 1-2 weeks with several days to perform the scan of our applications for each keyword. We then had to manually categorize all that data into spreadsheets. The amount of manhours is too expensive.

Brandon Morris
Systems Administrator


 


Solutions

Global visibility to easily identify and lock down sensitive data exposure

One of the key objectives City of Sioux Falls looked at Rubrik’s Polaris Sonar was to gain more visibility and control into where sensitive content resides. With Polaris Sonar, they were able to identify where data was overexposed, such as employees and citizens’ credit card numbers and social security numbers, and access levels were higher than expected. “Polaris Sonar gave us visibility into data repositories we could never look at before. As a result, we were able to avoid data exposure and proactively create remediation plans to address high-risk incidents. The benefit to the business is huge. Data exposure can mean negative PR and impact to our citizens’ well-being if there is a data breach. Sonar helps us minimize the risk of data exposure while providing substantial management time savings.”


 

Polaris Sonar gave us visibility into data repositories we could never look at before. As a result, we were able to avoid data exposure and proactively create remediation plans to address high-risk incidents. The benefit to the business is huge.

Brandon Morris
Systems Administrator

The Results

 

Up and running in less than 30 minutes without additional infrastructure

“We saw immediate value with Polaris Sonar. Since it leverages our existing Rubrik Cloud Data Management and Polaris deployments, we didn’t need to purchase additional servers or storage and simply toggled on the app from the Polaris UI to get started.”

Continuous data governance without impact to production

“Polaris Sonar is continuously monitoring all our existing backup data in the background to alert us to any violations or sensitive data stored in wrong locations without using agents or touching our production data.”

On-demand access to data for audits

“We have to comply with audits and regulations. With Polaris Sonar, we can provide an auditor or our internal legal team access to the data they need.”