About this Constellation ShortList™

Data privacy is a hot topic worldwide. Human rights concerns are brought into sharp relief by the day-to-day criticality of informa- tion technologies. The internet is making digital resources available almost universally; data itself is becoming an essential utility. In turn, cybersecurity is evolving toward safety. There is more to safety than the dry old perspective of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. To comprehensively protect data and make it safe for consumers, we need to ensure provenance, consent, regulatory compliance, and jurisdictional traceability.

Reliable data will soon be as vital as clean drinking water. In time, Constellation Research expects to see large-scale infostructure stood up by platforms, governments, and public/private partnerships. Infostructure combines quality assurance processes, enforceable standards, and technologies to create safe information supply chains. Critical component capabilities include homomorphic encryption, data clean rooms, hardware security modules, secure APIs, confiden- tial computing, and security operations centers.

Thus, the category of data protection as a service is emerging, around a broader vision of protection and safety. There are many offerings at different stages of development. None are truly complete as yet— there is no clear endgame as yet for how to deliver safe data. For now, enterprises seeking to make data safe as a utility should look at a layered approach and consider vendors on this shortlist. Important industry initiatives include the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), the Confidential Computing Consortium, the Global Assured Interoperability Network, and the Verified Information Exchange.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Cryptological research
  • Connections to academia
  • Depth of the technology stack
  • Experience in managed services provision
  • Network and security operations centers
  • Security accreditations
  • Standards and standardization activity

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 12 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.


Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and the research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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