HyTrust DataGravity Acquisition Bears Fruit for Cloud Security

HyTrust launched a software appliance to protect confidential data in the cloud, based on technology it acquired when it bought DataGravity this summer.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

December 19, 2017

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HyTrust DataGravity Acquisition Bears Fruit for Cloud Security

HyTrust has introduced a software appliance that secures confidential data in the cloud, using technology from DataGravity, which HyTrust acquired this summer.

People don't know where their data is now. That's a big problem for a lot of companies," Eric Chiu, HyTrust founder and president, tells Enterprise Cloud News. "Every company out there is collecting so much data now, on you and me and 300 million people in the US and around the world. That data is being processed and stored in all these different systems, and put on virtualized platforms."

HyTrust CloudAdvisor is designed to address that problem, as well as compliance requirements such as the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). CloudAdvisor inspects virtual machines for unstructured data that contains confidential information, such as personal health records, Social Security numbers, and credit card numbers. CloudAdvisor then works in conjunction with HyTrust's other software to automatically set security policies that should be in place on those virtual machines -- for example, moving the virtual machine to a zone that's allowed to run that particular kind of data, or put in place access control or encryption policies, Chiu says.

CloudAdvisor is based on data visibility and security software that HyTrust acquired when it bought DataGravity in July for an undisclosed sum. Since then, CloudAdvisor has been working to integrate the DataGravity technology with HyTrust's suite of cloud security products, as well as decoupling the software from hardware so it can run as a virtual appliance, Chiu says. (See HyTrust Acquires DataGravity & Grabs $36M Funding for Cloud Security.)

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CloudAdvisor is somewhat similar to Amazon Web Services Inc. 's Macie, which identifies confidential data running on AWS. But CloudAdvisor is designed to operate in a multicloud environment. CloudAdvisor is also similar to Data Loss Prevention (DLP) products from companies such as Check Point, Cisco and McAfee. But DLP software runs on data in motion and on endpoints such as PCs and mobile devices, whereas CloudAdvisor runs on data at rest in the cloud, Chiu says.

HyTrust is ten years old, and raised $36 million funding this summer, for a total $100 million. The company specializes in workload security software that allows enterprises to apply consistent security policies regardless of workload location, with customers in industries including retail, healthcare, defense, intelligence and finance.

Security is a growing focus for enterprises, and vendors are stepping in to fill the need. The security market will likely hit $12 billion by 2024, according to a report from Hexa Research. (See Cloud Security Will Hit $12B by 2024 – Report.)

Security is a linchpin of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s "network intuitive" strategy unveiled in June. (See Cisco's 'Network Intuitive': A Risky Transition.) More recently, Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) introduced automated security tools last week. (Juniper Automates to Speed Up Security). Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) contributed Project Cerberus security hardware to the Open Computer Foundation. (Microsoft Looks to Secure Clouds With 'Project Cerberus'). AWS introduced a security service it calls GuardDuty. (AWS GuardDuty Looks to Lock Down Cloud Security .) And Startup LeftShift came out of stealth mode in October with a security approach that monitors application behavior and flags abnormalities that might indicate an attack. (Cloud Security Startup ShiftLeft De-Stealths.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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