Privacy Software Leader Recognized for Storage & Data Protection, Data Security, and Data Management  

WASHINGTON, DC – November 9, 2022 — ActiveNav, a leading data privacy and governance software provider, has been recognized in three more of Gartner’s prestigious 2022 Hype Cycles: Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, Hype Cycle for Data Security, and Hype Cycle for Data Management. ActiveNav previously announced it was named to the Gartner Hype Cycle for Security Operations and the Gartner Hype Cycle for Privacy.   

This marks the second year ActiveNav has achieved the significant milestone of recognition in multiple Garner Hype Cycles – a graphical depiction of a common pattern that arises with each new technology innovation across its lifecycle that provides end users insights about which technologies to invest in.  

 ActiveNav is identified by Gartner as a sample vendor to evaluate an organization’s Data Discovery and Management (DDM) needs, which Gartner previously referred to as “File Analysis”. According to the Gartner reports, DDM solutions (like ActiveNav) allow organizations to reduce their risk, categorize important data, optimize storage efficiency, improve the ways they manage their data, and lower costs.  

“We’re quite proud that ActiveNav’s exceptional technologies have earned a place in five of Gartner’s 2022 Hype Cycles,” said ActiveNav CEO and Founder Peter Baumann. “Recognition by an industry leader as esteemed as Gartner is important to us because Gartner is so important to the marketplace. Our distinct history of innovation and technological leadership continues to bear fruit that benefits our growing roster of customers and the market itself.”  

Unstructured data, which makes up 80% of an organization’s data, presents a significant and rising challenge for legal, IT, security, risk and data management professionals. The situation is further complicated by the increasing patchwork of regulations and laws in the U.S. and internationally. 

Organizations of all types face enormous pressures in managing and securing their data,” Baumann added. “Unfortunately, these challenges will likely only continue to grow in significance – which will increase the need for ActiveNav’s robust solutions that protect sensitive data at scale and ensure compliance with government laws and regulations.” 

New Augmentation & Automation Technologies Changing Data Management 

Gartner’s report on Data Management, authored by analysts Donald Feinberg, Philip Russom and Nina Showel, observes that “[d]ata management is rapidly changing due to new technologies that focus on augmentation and automation.” The report also states that “enterprises need a holistic view of critical technological capabilities” if they’re to “succeed with [data & analytics] initiatives.”

ActiveNav’s software platform can greatly assist. The file analysis tool is specifically designed to analyze, clean, classify, migrate, and govern unstructured digital information. It’s a singular, all-encompassing platform with a user-friendly interface designed to facilitate non-technical users in using the tool to achieve scalable information governance. 

New Products and Security Policies Needed to Reduce Data & Privacy Risks 

Gartner’s report on Data Security, authored by analyst Brian Lowans, notes that because security and risk management leaders “are challenged, in support of business objectives, to achieve consistent data security across the accelerating evolution of multicloud and hybrid IT architecture…new and emerging product combinations and security policies” are needed “to mitigate data security and privacy risks.” 

Regarding security, DDM tools allow organizations to discover, analyze, index, search, track, and report on sources of both unstructured and structured data. This increases regulatory compliance, risk management, storage management and data analytics capabilities within organizations. ActiveNav’s quickly deployable cloud solution can achieve these goals by creating data visualization maps that help to identify the value and risk of the unstructured data, including the owners of the data. 

Storage & Data Protection Market Evolving to Confront New Challenges 

Gartner’s report on Storage and Data Protection Technologies, authored by analyst Julia Palmer, warns: “Organizations are reaching a tipping point in the uncontrolled storage and licensing costs associated with unmanaged data, across the utilization of on-premises, hybrid and cloud infrastructures and applications.”  

ActiveNav offers several ways to tackle these challenges, including reducing risk from locating, protecting, eliminating, and quarantining sensitive data, as well as identifying access permission issues. This highly scalable tool also allows organizations to optimize storage efficiency, leading to actionable insights and better data management. Organizations also save money through improving storage and decreasing business risk. 

Also recently launched is ActiveNav Teams Collector, the marketplace’s first cloud-based tool that automatically searches Microsoft Teams channel conversations and identifies unstructured data in both conversations and files (Word, Excel, PDFs) stored in those channels – a serious compliance risk. Companies using the tool can significantly enhance their ability to monitor compliance with fast-evolving privacy regulations. 

Since 2008, enterprises, governments, and SLEDs (state, local and education government agencies) have harnessed ActiveNav’s solutions to identify sensitive data, optimize storage, and comply with privacy regulations. Ruvilyn Gatchalian, Electronic Records Advisor at Black Gold Canada, identified ActiveNav as “A vital tool to help us in our organization’s journey of determining the risk scores of accumulated unstructured data. It also helps us be in compliance with record and information regulations.”  

Gartner members may access the 2022 Hype Cycle reports here: 

Hype Cycle for Data Security 

Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies 

Hype Cycle for Data Management  

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About ActiveNav 

ActiveNav is a leading data privacy and governance software provider. With ActiveNav, enterprises, legal compliance teams, federal agencies and public sector entities lower their data risk profile. ActiveNav users map, clean, classify, quarantine and delete sensitive, redundant, obsolete and trivial (ROT) data in an easy to use, low footprint solution. Hundreds of leading companies and government agencies rely on ActiveNav to  control sensitive data and support compliance with various data privacy regulations such as the CCPA and GDPR. ActiveNav Inc. is headquartered in the DC metro area and has offices in Europe and Australia. For more information, please visit or follow the company on  LinkedIn.