Navigating Data Security Challenges: Tales from the Front Lines

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July 10, 2024
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Aviv Zisso
Director of Customer Success
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As the Director of Customer Success at Sentra, I've embarked on an amazing journey witnessing the transformative impact our Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) platform has on organizations, particularly in the dynamic landscape of Fintech and e-commerce. Today, I'm excited to share some firsthand insights into the benefits our customers have experienced, demonstrating the core use cases that set Sentra apart.

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Online Retail Leader Ensures Regulatory Compliance with Ease

In an era of ever-evolving data security and compliance regulations like GDPR, PCI-DSS, and local ones like CCPA and India’s DPDPA, Sentra has emerged as a steadfast ally for organizations in their quest for improved data security. The core of what Sentra does—discovery and accurate classification of cloud data—is the cornerstone of maintaining a data security policy in growing complex environments. I've seen our customers better align their data security practices with the latest regulatory standards, gaining not just compliance but also a competitive edge by demonstrating a commitment to safeguarding sensitive information.


A strong example was when I worked closely with a leading e-commerce provider facing a GDPR compliance challenge. Unbeknownst to them, sensitive customer Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data was being duplicated across regions. Within a few hours of deploying Sentra, our platform discovered this critical data residency issue, allowing the organization to swiftly rectify the situation and fortify their compliance stance.

Global Payment Processing Company Reduces Data Attack Surface and Costs

Sentra's expertise in the ability to reduce the data attack surface by mitigating shadow data and enforcing data lifecycle policies has become a game-changer in a cost aware environment. The accurate classification of cloud data not only enhances security but also leads to substantial savings. Our customers have reported streamlined operations, reduced storage costs, and a more efficient use of resources, thanks to Sentra's proactive approach to data management.


A Fintech startup witnessed a significant reduction in storage utilization and costs by leveraging Sentra's data lifecycle policies. The platform's unique ability to group objects on Blob storage (such as S3, GCS and Azure Blob) provides a one-of-a-kind high level view of groups of objects which are not being used and are stored in an expensive storage tier. Sentra detected multiple cases of inefficient storage for such archives, which resulted in an increase of $50,000 a month in their monthly cloud bill, and this was quickly remediated.

Sentra sheds light on significant storage costs of unused shadow data

Fintech Startup Implements Least Privilege Access and Access Governance

In the realm of sensitive data, implementing Least Privilege Access and Access Governance is paramount. Sentra empowers organizations to fortify their defenses by ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive information, and by creating a crystal clear data access graph for every identity. The accurate classification of cloud data enhances control over data, supporting routine access reviews, reducing the potential blast radius of a security incident.


In response to a suspected security incident, one of our forward-thinking financial customers leveraged Sentra to enhance their access governance. Sentra's detection capabilities pinpointed unnecessary permissions, prompting the organization to swiftly reduce them. This proactive measure not only mitigated the risk of potential breaches but also elevated the overall security posture.

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Data Access Governance

Global Payroll Solution Provider Enriches Metadata Catalogs for Robust Data Governance

Sentra can also help enrich metadata catalogs for comprehensive data governance. The accurate classification of cloud data provides advanced classification labels and automatic discovery, enabling organizations to gain deeper insights into their data landscape. This not only enhances data governance but also provides a solid foundation for informed decision-making.


I'm thrilled to share the success of an ongoing cataloging project with another customer, a prominent player in the finance sector. Prior to Sentra, they were manually classifying data within Snowflake using tags. However, Sentra's automatic classification process and Snowflake integration has become a game-changer, saving tons of time for their data owners and engineers. This efficiency not only expedites their cataloging project but also positions them for future audits with unparalleled ease.

At Sentra, I believe we go beyond providing a solution; we're here to help you build a secure and compliant data environment. The success stories shared here underscore the dedication and innovation our customers bring to the table, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

If you are eager to explore how Sentra can elevate your data security posture, don't hesitate to reach out. Let's embark on this journey together, where security meets success.

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