Title:
AUTOMATIC RESOURCE OWNERSHIP ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method for automatic folder ownership assignment, including ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders, have at least one of modify and write permissions to non-IT administration entities, adding the first folders to a list of candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders which is a subset of the first multiplicity of folders and not including the first folders and descendents and ancestors thereof, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to non-IT administration entities, adding the second folders to the candidates, defining a third multiplicity of folders, which is a subset of the second multiplicity of folders and not including the second folders and descendents and ancestors thereof, ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders, adding the third folders to the candidates, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of the candidates.



Inventors:
Faitelson, Yakov (Elkana, IL)
Korkus, Ohad (Herzeliya, IL)
Kretzer-katzir, Ophir (Reut, IL)
Application Number:
15/170237
Publication Date:
09/22/2016
Filing Date:
06/01/2016
Assignee:
VARONIS SYSTEMS, INC. (New York, NY, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
G06F21/62; G06F21/60
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LADAS & PARRY LLP (CHICAGO, IL, US)
Claims:
1. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system comprising: modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities, and adding said first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

2. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 1 and wherein said possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality comprises: functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

3. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 1 and wherein said modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which first additional folders, among said first multiplicity of folders in said enterprise computer network comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

4. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 1 and wherein said permissions scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which second additional folders among said second multiplicity of folders comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

5. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system comprising: modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

6. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 5 and wherein said possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality comprises: functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

7. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system comprising: actual modification scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities, and adding said first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; actual access scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

8. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 7 and wherein said possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality comprises: functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

9. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 7 and wherein said actual modification scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which first additional folders, among said first multiplicity of folders in said enterprise computer network comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

10. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 7 and wherein said actual access scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which second additional folders among said second multiplicity of folders comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

11. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system comprising: actual modification scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; actual access scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

12. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 11 and wherein said possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality comprises: functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

13. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system comprising: sensitive content scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

14. A system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 13 and wherein said possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality comprises: functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

15. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method comprising: maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities, and adding said first folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

16. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 15 and wherein said recommending comprises: recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

17. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 15 and also comprising ascertaining which first additional folders, among said first multiplicity of folders in said enterprise computer network comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

18. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 15 and also comprising ascertaining which second additional folders among said second multiplicity of folders comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second additional folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

19. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method comprising: maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said first folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; defining a second multiplicity of folders, said second multiplicity of folders being a subset of said first multiplicity of folders which does not include said first folders, all descendents of said first folders and all ancestors of said first folders; ascertaining which second folders among said second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and comprise at least sensitive content, and adding said second folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; defining a third multiplicity of folders, said third multiplicity of folders being a subset of said second multiplicity of folders which does not include said second folders, all descendents of said second folders and all ancestors of said second folders; ascertaining which third folders among said third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding said third folders to said list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment; and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

20. A method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network according to claim 19 and wherein said recommending comprises: recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of said list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to said at least one of said list of base-folder candidates.

Description:

REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Reference is made to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/014,762, filed Jan. 27, 2011, and entitled “AUTOMATIC RESOURCE OWNERSHIP ASSIGNMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS”, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference and priority of which is hereby claimed pursuant to 37 CFR 1.78(a) (1) and (2)(i).

Reference is also made to the following patents and patent applications, owned by assignee, the disclosures of which are hereby incorporated by reference:

U.S. Pat. Nos. 7,555,482 and 7,606,801;

U.S. Published Patent Application Nos. 2007/0244899, 2008/0271157, 2009/0100058, 2009/0119298; 2009/0265780; 2011/0060916 and 2011/0061111; and

U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/673,691.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to automatic resource ownership assignment systems and methods.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The following patent publications are believed to represent the current state of the art:

U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,465,387; 5,899,991; 6,338,082; 6,393,468; 6,928,439; 7,031,984; 7,068,592; 7,403,925; 7,421,740; 7,555,482, 7,606,801 and 7,743,420; and

U.S. Published Patent Application Nos.: 2003/0051026; 2004/0249847; 2005/0108206; 2005/0203881; 2005/0086529; 2006/0064313; 2006/0184530; 2006/0184459; 2007/0203872; 2007/0244899; 2008/0271157; 2009/0100058; 2009/0119298 and 2009/0265780.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides improved systems and methodologies for automatic resource ownership assignment.

There is thus provided in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention a system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system including modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities, and adding the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality includes functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which first additional folders, among the first multiplicity of folders in the enterprise computer network include at least sensitive content, and adding the first additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. Additionally or alternatively, the permissions scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which second additional folders among the second multiplicity of folders include at least sensitive content, and adding the second additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

There is also provided in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention a system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system including modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, permissions scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality includes functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

There is further provided in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention a system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system including actual modification scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities, and adding the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, actual access scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality includes functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the actual modification scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which first additional folders, among the first multiplicity of folders in the enterprise computer network include at least sensitive content, and adding the first additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. Additionally or alternatively, the actual access scrutinizing functionality is also operative for ascertaining which second additional folders among the second multiplicity of folders include at least sensitive content, and adding the second additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

There is further provided in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention a system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system including actual modification scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, actual access scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, second pruning functionality operative for defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality includes functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

There is further provided in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention a system for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the system including sensitive content scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, first pruning functionality operative for defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, topmost folder scrutinizing functionality operative for ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality includes functionality operative for recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

There is yet further provided in accordance with still another preferred embodiment of the present invention a method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method including maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities, and adding the first folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the recommending includes recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the method also includes ascertaining which first additional folders, among the first multiplicity of folders in the enterprise computer network include at least sensitive content, and adding the first additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. Additionally or alternatively, the method also includes ascertaining which second additional folders among the second multiplicity of folders include at least sensitive content, and adding the second additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

There is also provided in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention a method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method including maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the recommending includes recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

There is further provided in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention a method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method including maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities, and adding the first folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the recommending includes recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the method also includes ascertaining which first additional folders, among the first multiplicity of folders in the enterprise computer network include at least sensitive content, and adding the first additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. Additionally or alternatively, the method also includes ascertaining which second additional folders among the second multiplicity of folders include at least sensitive content, and adding the second additional folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

There is yet further provided in accordance with still another preferred embodiment of the present invention a method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method including maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and include at least sensitive content, and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a third multiplicity of folders, the third multiplicity of folders being a subset of the second multiplicity of folders which does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders, ascertaining which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the recommending includes recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

There is yet further provided in accordance with still another preferred embodiment of the present invention a method for automatic folder ownership assignment in an enterprise computer network, the method including maintaining a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, ascertaining which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, include at least sensitive content, and adding the first folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, defining a second multiplicity of folders, the second multiplicity of folders being a subset of the first multiplicity of folders which does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders, ascertaining which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adding the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment, and recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

Preferably, the recommending includes recommending possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates to an entity which has been most active with regard to the at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will be understood and appreciated more fully from the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 3 is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference is made to FIG. 1, which is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

The term “ownership” is used throughout to designate authority and accountability within an enterprise as distinct to legal ownership in the normal sense of the word. “Ownership” of a data element, an organization function, a resource, whether IT related or not, a service, a workflow or any other element in an enterprise designates authority and accountability with respect thereto within the enterprise. The definitions of “owner” and “owning” are of corresponding meaning.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system of FIG. 1 is preferably suitable for operating in an enterprise computer network including multiple disparate clients, data storage elements, computer hardware resources and computer software resources, and includes modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality, first pruning functionality, permissions scrutinizing functionality, second pruning functionality and topmost folder scrutinizing functionality.

The modify/write permissions scrutinizing functionality ascertains which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities, and adds the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. The first pruning functionality defines a second multiplicity of folders, which is a subset of the first multiplicity of folders that does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders.

The permissions scrutinizing functionality ascertains which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have permissions to entities other than IT administration entities and adds the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. The second pruning functionality defines a third multiplicity of folders which is a subset of the second multiplicity of folders that does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders.

The topmost folder scrutinizing functionality ascertains which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adds the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system also includes possible ownership assignment functionality for designating possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

As shown in FIG. 1, a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment is preferably initialized (100). Thereafter, the folder tree of an enterprise computer network is preferably scrutinized (101) to identify a first set of topmost folders, each of which first set having at least one of modify and write permissions to entities other than IT administration entities. Each of the first set of topmost folders is added (102) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Subsequently, a second folder tree is defined (104) as a subset of the folder tree of the enterprise from which the first set of topmost folders, all descendents of each of the first set of topmost folders and all ancestors of each of the first set of topmost folders are removed. Thereafter, the second folder tree is preferably scrutinized (106) to identify a second set of topmost folders, each of which second set having at least read permissions to entities other than IT administration entities. Each of the second set of topmost folders is added (108) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Subsequently, a third folder tree is defined (110) as a subset of the second folder tree from which the second set of topmost folders, all descendents of each of the second set of topmost folders and all ancestors of each of the second set of topmost folders are removed. Thereafter, the third folder tree is preferably scrutinized (112) to identify a third set of topmost folders, and each the third set is added (114) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Thereafter, for each folder in the list of base-folders, the system identifies entities who have been most active with regard to the folder and then recommends (116) that ownership of the folder of all descendent folders thereof be assigned to one of the entities who have been most active with regard to the folder.

Reference is now made to FIG. 2, which is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system of FIG. 2 is preferably suitable for operating in an enterprise computer network including multiple disparate clients, data storage elements, computer hardware resources and computer software resources, and includes actual modification scrutinizing functionality, first pruning functionality, actual access scrutinizing functionality, second pruning functionality and topmost folder scrutinizing functionality.

The actual modification scrutinizing functionality ascertains which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, have been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities, and adds the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. The first pruning functionality defines a second multiplicity of folders, which is a subset of the first multiplicity of folders that does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders.

The actual access scrutinizing functionality ascertains which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders, have been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities and adds the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. The second pruning functionality defines a third multiplicity of folders which is a subset of the second multiplicity of folders that does not include the second folders, all descendents of the second folders and all ancestors of the second folders.

The topmost folder scrutinizing functionality ascertains which third folders among the third multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adds the third folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system also includes possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality for designating possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

As shown in FIG. 2, a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment is preferably initialized (200). Thereafter, the folder tree of an enterprise computer network is preferably scrutinized (201) to identify a first set of topmost folders, each of which first set having been at least actually modified by entities other than IT administration entities. Each of the first set of topmost folders is added (202) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Subsequently, a second folder tree is defined (204) as a subset of the folder tree of the enterprise from which the first set of topmost folders, all descendents of each of the first set of topmost folders and all ancestors of each of the first set of topmost folders are removed. Thereafter, the second folder tree is preferably scrutinized (206) to identify a second set of topmost folders, each of which second set having been at least actually accessed by entities other than IT administration entities. Each of the second set of topmost folders is added (208) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Subsequently, a third folder tree is defined (210) as a subset of the second folder tree from which the second set of topmost folders, all descendents of each of the second set of topmost folders and all ancestors of each of the second set of topmost folders are removed. Thereafter, the third folder tree is preferably scrutinized (212) to identify a third set of topmost folders, and each the third set is added (214) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Thereafter, for each folder in the list of base-folders, the system identifies entities who have been most active with regard to the folder and then recommends (216) that ownership of the folder of all descendent folders thereof be assigned to one of the entities who have been most active with regard to the folder.

Reference is now made to FIG. 3, which is a simplified flowchart indicating steps in the operation of a system for automatic resource ownership assignment, constructed and operative in accordance with yet another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system of FIG. 3 is preferably suitable for operating in an enterprise computer network including multiple disparate clients, data storage elements, computer hardware resources and computer software resources, and includes sensitive content scrutinizing functionality, first pruning functionality and topmost folder scrutinizing functionality.

The sensitive content scrutinizing functionality ascertains which first folders, among a first multiplicity of folders in an enterprise computer network, comprise at least sensitive content, and adds the first folders to a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment. Sensitive content may be, for example, confidential financial information or confidential personal information. The first pruning functionality defines a second multiplicity of folders, which is a subset of the first multiplicity of folders that does not include the first folders, all descendents of the first folders and all ancestors of the first folders.

The topmost folder scrutinizing functionality ascertains which second folders among the second multiplicity of folders are topmost folders and adds the second folders to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

The automatic folder ownership assignment system also includes possible ownership assignment recommendation functionality for designating possible assignment of ownership of at least one of the list of base-folder candidates.

As shown in FIG. 3, a list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment is initialized (300). Thereafter, the folder tree of an enterprise computer network is preferably scrutinized (301) to identify a first set of topmost folders, each of which first set including sensitive content. Sensitive content may be, for example, confidential financial information or confidential personal information. Each of the first set of topmost folders is added (302) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Subsequently, a second folder tree is defined (304) as a subset of the folder tree of the enterprise from which the first set of topmost folders, all descendents of each of the first set of topmost folders and all ancestors of each of the first set of topmost folders are removed. Thereafter, the second folder tree is preferably scrutinized (306) to identify a second set of topmost folders, and each the second set is added (308) to the list of base-folder candidates for ownership assignment.

Thereafter, for each folder in the list of base-folders, the system identifies entities who have been most active with regard to the folder and then recommends (310) that ownership of the folder of all descendent folders thereof be assigned to one of the entities who have been most active with regard to the folder.

It will be appreciated by persons skilled in the art that the present invention is not limited by what has been particularly shown and described hereinabove. Rather, the invention also includes various combinations and subcombinations of the features described hereinabove as well as modifications and variations thereof, which would occur to persons skilled in the art upon reading the foregoing and which are not in the prior art.