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Data security provider Absorb it announced significant improvements to his Data Security Platform for Databricks to enable data teams to leverage the capabilities of Immuta’s platform. These updates aim to unlock the value of data, reduce costs, accelerate innovation, and maintain robust data security.
Major updates include native integration with Databricks Drive Catalogwhich connects customers with the latest capabilities of Immuta’s platform, such as localized sensitive data discovery, improved security and access control for artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, and improved security posture management of data.
The company said it differentiates itself from the competition by offering a comprehensive platform instead of just a one-time solution. This platform comprises three main product modules: Discover, Secure and Detect.
Discover makes it easier to discover sensitive data and automate the capture of schema changes. On the other hand, Secure maps high-level data access policies to data warehouse policies and enforces access control. Finally, Detect enables user and activity monitoring, behavior analysis, and risk scoring, enabling organizations to proactively identify and address issues such as insider threats.
“Our comprehensive data security solution covers the breadth of what most organizations need to secure their data to NIST standards, including sensitive data discovery, data access control and data access monitoring and tracking,” Mo Plassnig, chief product officer at Immuta, told VentureBeat.
Leveraging attribute-based access control
The company says its approach to access control, which it calls attribute-based access control (ABAC), surpasses traditional role-based access control (RBAC) in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.
According to a recent GigaOm reportUsing ABAC reduces policy burdens 93-fold, potentially saving approximately $500,000 in time and opportunity cost for organizations.
“Our patented approach to sensitive data discovery enables data to be classified for security purposes without leaving the database, ultimately creating more effective data policies to meet stringent data localization regulations,” said Plassnig. “We also maximize value and speed and enable data security posture management and risk remediation above policy thresholds. “
Enable secure migration of AI data to the cloud
Immuta said the growing trend of migrating data to the cloud presents a greater challenge to secure and protect it, which can hinder data migration initiatives. The company’s new integration with Databricks effectively handles the complexities of managing data security.
The company says this integration will allow joint customers to focus on extracting value from their data more efficiently. Leveraging the features of Databricks Unity Catalog, including row filtering and column masking capabilities, Immuta offers a solution that encompasses data discovery, security, access control and monitoring.
“Our new native integration with Databricks Unity Catalog enables joint customers to push the boundaries of granularity and manageability, including implementing robust access controls and permissions to limit unauthorized access to data and continuous location monitoring security features of the Lakehouse platform,” Plassnig told VentureBeat.
Controls required during model training
Immuta underscored its commitment to preventing the inclusion of sensitive data in models by implementing the necessary controls during the model training process. Additionally, by integrating more deeply, the company helps ensure AI workloads remain compliant with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, and industry-specific standards.
The updated platform now offers customizable tools to reduce false positives and increase the relevance and value of results.
“Too many false positives leading to higher than desired noise-to-signal ratio is the number one complaint for companies we spoke to that wanted a more automated solution for SDD (sensitive data discovery),” Immuta VP of Product Management Matt DiAntonio told VentureBeat. “The teams are looking to use the findings from their SDD tool to develop data security practices that up the ante and make accuracy very important. Immuta has taken this concern seriously by building an experience that gives data teams the tools they need to fully trust the results.
DiAntonio emphasized the importance of data producers embracing intelligent systems that can scale across large, geographically dispersed organizations to keep pace with innovation.
Monitoring of key components in the data supply chain
DiAntonio highlighted the unique capabilities of the platform’s Detect Activity Monitoring feature which enables monitoring of key components, including individuals, tags and data sources that play a vital role in the data supply chain within the enterprise.
To do this, Immuta Detect consolidates data access logs, enabling data and security teams to constantly monitor and analyze user behavior and changes in data access rights. This monitoring includes source, query, and user activity, and provides valuable insight into security configuration and data classification changes.
In addition, the Discover feature automatically scores data based on sensitivity and protective measures, such as data masking or stated access purposes. This allows data and security teams to prioritize risks and receive real-time alerts on potential security incidents.
“Our Detect module can offer a lot of value to teams looking to move fast,” DiAntonio added. “Many companies we spoke to struggled with the ‘black box’ phenomenon around their cloud data. They didn’t know what was happening within their organization regarding the production and use of data. Immuta solves this problem by providing the essential visualizations with data teams that feel informed without being overwhelmed.
What is the future of Immuta?
Plassnig said the growing challenges associated with data migration have driven the need for cloud data management and security solutions.
Immuta is committed to encouraging corporate investors to partner with data security leaders. The goal is to give investors more control and visibility over their data and assets.
“With better data security and simpler operations, organizations can deliver the right data to the right people so they can create more data products, collaborate, share data and create new revenue streams,” Plassnig said. “Immuta is taking a stand by helping organizations unlock value from their data by providing an integrated platform for sensitive data discovery, security and access control, and activity tracking.”
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