Performing a manual audit of all network shares is a time-consuming project, but it may be required in order to become compliant with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or other standards.
This category of reports allows for an accurate and efficient review of all shares (shared folders, shared printers, etc.). Knowing this information is helpful in tracking down rogue shares that may not be properly configured or shouldn’t exist in the first place. Routinely reviewing these reports will help reduce risk because administrators can now be more proactive in changing or removing shares as needed.
To assist in auditing shares, these reports are designed to display the most over-looked areas (workstations) first and progress down to shares (administrative) that are more tightly controlled. Administrative shares may be removed through a filter, where appropriate, in order to restrict the details to a specific system role (workstation or server).
Once this category of reports is installed, you can also create a collection of all the computers that have a particular share name or share type, for example, installed on them. More details