Fresh off raising another $36 million in capital, HyTrust, a provider of workload security tools, announced it has acquired DataGravity to gain access to data classification tools for an undisclosed amount of money.
HyTrust President Eric Chiu says as the amount of data that organizations are being asked to secure increases, there’s a need to be able to identify the relationship between application workloads and various types of data associated with it, including, for example, all the times any given piece of data might have been copied or backed up somewhere.
“This is a natural extension area for us,” says Chiu.
At the core of that effort will be DataGravity storage software that includes an automated search and data discovery that can be employed to both govern and secure data. DataGravity, for example, can be employed to generate an alert any time sensitive data is accessed.
Thanks to the rise of trends such as DevSecOps, there’s a lot more focus being put on making security a much more integral element of IT operations. The issue that many IT organizations have today is that they don’t really know what data needs to be secured, much less where all their data happens to be. Developers are notorious for making copies of data during the development of an application that get forgotten about. Securing data across the enterprise is going to require an ability to automatically apply polices to data wherever it resides. The first step toward achieving that goal, however, is simply finding where all that data is. No one can really secure what they never knew existed in the first place.