Steven Touw, Co-Founder & CTO at Immuta is the guest in the studio today. The focus on the interview is to take a look precise controls for accessing high value data. He carefully explains Virtual Data Collaborative Environments. Back in December Mick Mulvaney made headlines in the federal IT community by his memo that talked about high-value data.
There have been many suggestions as to the most cost-effective way to accomplish this task. During the interview, Steve talks about the approach of Immuta. He starts off by contrasting the difference between privacy controls and security.
Steve comments that the commercial IT community is struggling with the same problem – giving people the ability to maintain data integrity while permitting selected individuals to analyze large data sets.
This ability may be accomplished in a traditional “homegrown” system, but when moving to the cloud the same systems may not work. For one, migrating data to the cloud may impact the existing processing. Steve elucidates upon the concept of “technical debt” as it is applied to systems when they moves to the cloud.
The discussion gets rather technical when talking about “gold” versions of data; however, it lightens up when the interview turns on Gartner naming Immuta as one of its “cool vendors” in the category of data science and machine learning.
Everyone has heard of the proliferation of sensors everywhere creating so much data that we are running out of clever names like petabyte and yottabyte. Well, where do these eventually end up? Probably on a hard drive somewhere.
Some will argue that all federal (and commercial) networks have been compromised. The last line of defense is the hard drive itself. Seagate has worked closely with the federal community on concepts like automatic encryption of data on the hard drive.