Announcing the New Formation of the Informatica Data Security Group
The technology world has and continues to change rapidly in front of our eyes. One of the areas where this change has become most obvious is Security, and in particular the approach to Security. Network and perimeter-based security controls alone are insufficient as data proliferates outside the firewall to social networks, outsourced and offshore resources and mobile devices. Organizations are more focused on understanding and protecting their data, which is the most prized asset they have vs all the infrastucture around it. Informatica is poised to lead this transformation of the security market to focus on a data-centric security approach.
The Ponemon Institute stated that the biggest concern for security professionals is that they do not know where sensitive data resides. Informatica’s Intelligent Data Platform provides data security professionals with the technology required to discover, profile, classify and assess the risk of confidential and sensitive data.
Last year, we began significant investments in data security R&D support the initiative. This year, we continue the commitment by organizing around the vision. I am thrilled to be leading the Informatica Data Security Group, a newly-formed business unit comprised of a team dedicated to data security innovation. The business unit includes the former Application ILM business unit which consists of data masking, test data management and data archive technologies from previous acquisitions, including Applimation, ActiveBase, and TierData.
By having a dedicated business unit and engineering resources applying Informatica’s Intelligent Data Platform technology to a security problem, we believe we can make a significant difference addressing a serious challenge for enterprises across the globe. The newly formed Data Security Group will focus on new innovations in the data security intelligence market, while continuing to invest and enhance our existing data-centric security solutions such as data masking, data archiving and information lifecycle management solutions.
The world of data is transforming around us and we are committed to transforming the data security industry to keep our customer’s data clean, safe and connected.
For more details regarding how these changes will be reflected in our products, message and support, please refer to the FAQs listed below:
Q: What is the Data Security Group (DSG)?
A: Informatica has created a newly formed business unit, the Informatica Data Security Group, as a dedicated team focusing on data security innovation to meet the needs of our customers while leveraging the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform
Q: Why did Informatica create a dedicated Data Security Group business unit?
A: Reducing Risk is among the top 3 business initiatives for our customers in 2015. Data Security is a top IT and business initiative for just about every industry and organization that store sensitive, private, regulated or confidential data. Data Security is a Board room topic. By building upon our success with the Application ILM product portfolio and the Intelligent Data Platform, we can address more pressing issues while solving mission-critical challenges that matter to most of our customers.
Q: Is this the same as the Application ILM Business Unit?
A: The Informatica Data Security Group is a business unit that includes the former Application ILM business unit products comprised of data masking, data archive and test data management products from previous acquisitions, including Applimation, ActiveBase, and TierData, and additional resources developing and supporting Informatica’s data security products GTM, such as Secure@Source.
Q: How big is the Data Security market opportunity?
A: Data Security software market is estimated to be a $3B market in 2015 according to Gartner. Total information security spending will grow a further 8.2 percent in 2015 to reach $76.9 billion.
Q: Who would be most interested in this announcement and why?
A: All leaders are impacted when a data breach occurs. Understanding the risk of sensitive data is a board room topic. Informatica is investing and committing to securing and safeguarding sensitive, private and confidential data. If you are an existing customer, you will be able to leverage your existing skills on the Informatica platform to address a challenge facing every team who manages or handles sensitive or confidential data.
Q: How does this announcement impact the Application ILM products – Data Masking, Data Archive and Test Data Management?
A: The existing Application ILM products are foundational to the Data Security Group product portfolio. These products will continue to be invested in, supported and updated. We are building upon our success with the Data Masking, Data Archive and Test Data Management products.
Q: How will this change impact my customer experience?
A: The Informatica product website will reflect this new organization by listing the Data Masking, Data Archive, and Test Data Management products under the Data Security product category. The customer support portal will reference Data Security as the top level product category. Older versions of the product and corresponding documentation will not be updated and will continue to reflect Application ILM nomenclature and messaging.