Data is the security flaw, says Immuta’s CEO; company moves to fill gap

Enterprises across the world are struggling with the complexity of data policies, rules and regulations. This is because data management and security has been rapidly changing, and the data itself can bring huge security threats.

“What you’re seeing in the market now is the catalog players are really maturing, and they’re starting to add a suite of features around governance,” said Matthew Carroll (pictured), chief executive officer of Immuta Inc. “So quality control, observability and just traditional asset management around their data. What we are finding is that there’s a new gap in this space … data is the security flaw.”

Carroll spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Dave Vellante and Lisa Martin at Snowflake Summit, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio. They discussed the revolution around data management and security and how Immuta is playing a part in changing the discussion(* Disclosure below.)

A new paradigm for data management and security

Companies used to build lots of applications and then build their business logic and security controls inside each application. With the modern nature of applications, which need to access and share data at rapid speeds across the world, this old model is getting harder and harder to implement — and data becomes the security weakness, according to Carroll.

“In this paradigm, any user could potentially access any data,” he said. “There’s just too many data sources, too many users, and too many things that can go wrong. And to scale that is really hard.”

Immuta helps organizations discover their sensitive data, secure it by enforcing data policies, and monitor how data is accessed. The company has natively embedded data science tools in every single one of their compute partners — including Snowflake Inc., Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift and more.

“They don’t have to rewrite any of their code, but we automatically enforce policy without them having to do anything,” Carroll explained . “Then we consistently audit that. I call that the separation of policy from platform.”

What Immuta is trying to do as part of this new design paradigm is to ensure that they can automate the entire data access process with confidence and little risk, according to Carroll. This is important because so many industries need access to their data in immediate ways and to be able to share it globally while still protecting it. Healthcare is a good example of this, as many within the industry are wrestling with things like clinical trial management and trying to get rid of physical copies of data, according to Carroll.

“How do we automate HIPAA compliance? How do we redesign clinical trial management post-COVID?” he asked. “If you’re going to have billions of users and you’re collecting that data, pharmaceutical companies can’t wait to collect that data. They need to remove those barriers, so they need to be able to collect it, secure it and be able to share it … so double- and triple-blinded studies being redesigned in the cloud.”

Another example is government organizations who need to share security information with different countries instantaneously or large banks that are moving terrabytes of data into platforms like Snowflake.

“These are some of the examples where we’re helping organizations transform and be able to kind of accelerate their adoption of data,” Carroll said. “Now we have this platform where we can discover data, analyze it, tag it, understand its risk, secure it to author, and enforce policies.”

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the Snowflake Summit event

(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the Snowflake Summit event. Neither Snowflake Inc., the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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