BlueTalon Included in Gartner’s Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection




REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 18th, 2017 – BlueTalon®, a leader in Data-Centric Security, today announced that it has been included as a representative vendor by Gartner in the newly published “Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection (DCAP).”[1] Gartner estimates that “by 2020, data-centric audit and protection products will replace disparate siloed data security tools in 40% of large enterprises, up from less than 5% today.”


“Traditional data security approaches are limited because the manner in which products address policy is siloed, and thus the organizational data security policies themselves are siloed,” Gartner highlights in the guide. Gartner also recommends that organizations “implement a DCAP strategy, and ‘shortlist’ products that orchestrate data security controls consistently across all silos that store the sensitive data.”


Data-driven businesses are transitioning their data ecosystems towards hybrid environments made of big data technologies —Hadoop, Spark and NoSQL databases—, cloud deployments, and traditional RDBMS. This evolution leads to fragmentation of security policies, inconsistencies, and blind spots at the data layer. BlueTalon addresses these new challenges and enables organizations to enforce consistent access policies at the data layer across multiple repositories.


“We believe BlueTalon’s inclusion in the Market Guide for DCAP validates our focus on data-centric security and our goal to unify data security across hybrid data ecosystems,” said Eric Tilenius, CEO of BlueTalon. “We pride ourselves in building a unifying data security architecture that eliminates security silos, lowers the cost of compliance, and yields operational efficiencies as security staff write policies once and deploy them across multiple data silos.”


BlueTalon Data-Centric Security platform provides the following DCAP capabilities:

  • Centralized management of policies across data domains with support for RDBMS, big data, and cloud deployments;
  • Dynamic, attribute-based user access policies that define precisely, down to the most granular level of data stored, what data each user has access to;
  • Automatic use of metadata information to simplify the creation of policies and support for global, cross data-domains, and domain-specific policies;
  • Ability to apply policies throughout the data lifecycle, from ingestion and transformation to consumption by end users;
  • Dynamic data masking that operates at high performance on large data volumes and eliminates the need for data duplication. BlueTalon was included in 2017 by Gartner in its Market Guide for Data Masking.[2]
  • Collection of data activity logs, including data and action requested, that enables monitoring and auditing of data access.


IT organizations can experience BlueTalon by downloading BlueTalon SecureAccess for WebHDFS at The turnkey package secures the web interface to Hadoop with the relevant subset of the BlueTalon platform functionality.

[1] Gartner “Market Guide for Data-Centric Audit and Protection” by Brian Lowans, Marc-Antoine Meunier, Brian Reed, Deborah Kish, Merv Adrian, and David Anthony Mahdi, March 21, 2017.

[2] Gartner “Market Guide for Data Masking” Marc-Antoine Meunier, Ayal Tirosh, February 6, 2017.


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About BlueTalon, Inc.

BlueTalon is a leading provider of data-centric security for big data and new data initiatives. The BlueTalon Policy Engine delivers precise, consistent, and dynamic user access controls to data across Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra, and traditional RDBMS. The BlueTalon Audit Engine provides a complete audit trail at the level of detail required for regulatory compliance and effective data security.


Leading Fortune 100 companies rely on BlueTalon to eliminate security blind spots and gain visibility and control at the data layer across cloud-based and on-premises environments. BlueTalon has won numerous security and big data awards.


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