Putting in Place a Secure Road for Data to Travel between Multiple Environments

Sentra, the cloud-native data security platform leader, has officially announced the launch of Sentra DataTreks™, along with on-premises support, both the components designed to help enterprises determine when sensitive data is travelling between environments, thus eliminating unwanted risks and exposures. According to certain reports, the stated capabilities come decked up with an ability to elevate Sentra’s core Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) and Data Detection and Response (DDR) platform, something they do by enabling users to promptly address emerging threats and ensure regulatory compliance. Talk about the whole value proposition on a slightly deeper level, we begin from DataTreks, a solution that empowers security teams with insights on data similarity and movement across the entire data estate. Furthermore, when combined with other behaviors like access, security posture, and threats, it allows for teams to better understand and manage the full effect of sprawl in structured and unstructured data. More on the solution’s ability to identify similar data would reveal how it does so through a variety of comparison methods including file hash, schema, and entity match as data is transformed and proliferates between disparate environments. Owing to these capabilities, the DataTreks solution can alert users whenever sensitive data moves outside of a protected environment, such as from production to development. Apart from that it can also offer guidance and recommendations. This, in particular, translates to how, after they have the result of an ETL process that inadvertently created hidden exposures and toxic data combinations, users can obtain a suitable and actionable advice on the measures one can take.

Hold on, there is more, considering we haven’t discussed the solution’s ability to spot compliance violations. You see, by identifying whether customer personal identifiable information (PII) is real or mock, DataTreks can find violations of compliance frameworks based on access controls and cloud entitlement context.

“Everyday, organizations strive to secure sensitive data by keeping it within carefully defined and secure environments, but given the increasingly rapid proliferation of data, this is not reality,” said Yoav Regev, co-founder and CEO at Sentra. “These two new capabilities address this problem by connecting the dots for security teams who continually evaluate data risks and threats so they can prioritize remediation efforts and ensure regulatory compliance. As a result, security can truly move like data.”

Moving on to the newly-introduced on-premises support, it is meant to help customers achieve consistency across hybrid infrastructures through a unified data catalog which conceives a complete view of assets, posture and risks. Such an arrangement, on its part, should inform users on all data exposures, regardless of whether they occurred in the cloud or on premises, so to ensure security and compliance. Markedly, it can also so without making the data leave its original environment. Anyway, at launch, Sentra’s on-premises expansion will support file share mediums like SMB (CIFS), NFS, and FTP, and databases. Staying on the databases, they are going to include MSSQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, MySQL, Kafka, and Red.

“Although there are many business benefits to rapidly moving and sharing data, there are also many concerns that arise, pertaining to privacy, compliance and security, especially as it relates to accurately tracking data movement and access” said Ken Buckler, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates. “Through visualization of data movement and access permissions, Sentra empowers organizations to uncover and address obscure and complex use cases that have historically been difficult to manually detect and fix.

The entire development delivers a rather interesting follow-up to one research, where it was claimed that the total global volume of data will explode over the coming years, amounting to an expected 181 zettabytes by 2025.

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