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Google is named a Leader in Forrester Data Security Platforms Wave

March 24, 2023
Sunil Potti

VP/GM, Google Cloud Security

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This post originally appeared on the Google Cloud blog.

To help organizations confidently move their sensitive data to the cloud, Google Cloud works diligently to earn and maintain customer trust. Our Trusted Cloud is committed to giving you a secure foundation that you can verify and independently control. Discovery and protection of sensitive data are integral parts of Google Cloud’s strategy to safeguard customer data. With this as our longstanding approach to protecting customers, we are happy to share that Forrester Research has ranked Google Cloud a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ Data Security Platforms Q1 2023.


Relentless security innovation leveraging Google’s core strengths 

Google keeps more people safe online than anyone else. The scale at which we operate allows us to pioneer approaches to cloud-native security and then bring them to commercial and public sector organizations everywhere they operate. Leveraging our data processing and novel analytics capabilities with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) allows our technology to help protect enterprises and their end users. At the core of our data security capabilities is our data loss prevention (DLP) technology, which enables customers to discover, classify, and de-identify data in real-time, on-demand, continuously, and in event-driven workloads. 

In their explanation for the ranking, Forrester noted in its report “Cloud-first, Google has notable areas of innovation focus, such as harnessing machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), productizing internal innovations, and co-innovation with partners in areas like confidential computing, data sovereignty controls, and external cloud key management services.”

Embedded across multiple Google products

Our platform supports the discovery of corporate assets in Chrome Enterprise and Google Workspace applications including Gmail and Google Drive. We also provide support for discovering production and analytical assets such as object storage, relational databases, data warehouses, data lakes, production apps, and workloads such as migration/ETL. This technology identifies and detects various types of sensitive data using a comprehensive set of built-in infoType detectors that are ready to use out-of-the-box along with flexible custom detection options and rules. Types of sensitive data include personal identifiable information and personal health information (PII/PHI), financial identifiers, health context, multi-cloud credentials/secrets, and ML-based full document classification (including source code, SEC filings, and legal briefings).

Driven by Zero Trust principles

The Forrester Wave identified the 14 top significant data security platform providers. Forrester notes in the report that “[Google] also stands out for manageability and integrations for Zero Trust.” and “Google is a strong choice for organizations considering or currently using GCP as well as those using Google Workspace who are taking a Zero Trust approach to enabling bring your own device (BYOD) and remote work.”

Delivering value for our customers

We are honored to be a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Security Platforms, Q1 2023 report. We look forward to continuing to innovate with you and make your digital transformation journey safer with our Trusted Cloud.

A copy of the full report can be viewed here.

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