Announcing Gospel Data Platform V5.0
Implement a secure data network for tighter control, improved stability and performance.
What is a Data Network?
In the information age, the demand for companies to be able to share and collaborate on sensitive data continues to grow. There are significant benefits to making informed decisions on shared datasets both within and across multiple organisations, and it’s the ability to do so safely, securely and in a distributed manner that is a key business differentiator.
The distributed sharing of such information is what constitutes a data network – where multiple participants (or organisations) are collaborating on shared data within a secured, encrypted cloud environment in order to carry out business processes in and between companies.
A few core examples of this include:
- Sharing passenger & passport data between destination and arrival airports so that passengers can be pre-cleared before they arrive, creating much quicker customs and passport clearance procedures
- Sharing medical trial data between participating hospitals and drug manufacturers to provide near real-time feedback on patient responses to drugs
- Capturing mortgage application data and sharing it across multiple organisations throughout the mortgage approval process
- Sharing critical care data across government agencies to ensure that medical, social and law enforcement workers collaborate effectively
Today’s challenges with secure data networks
The challenge in today’s ever-increasing regulatory environment is how the sharing of sensitive data is achieved effectively, without encroaching on GDPR, CCPA and other types of data protection regulations.
Significant questions need answering when sharing sensitive data:
- Has the sharing of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data been consented to by the data owner?
- How can you prove who has read the data, while simultaneously remaining aware of who has attempted to read the data?
- How do you ensure that no one has changed the data you are reading, maliciously or otherwise?
In fact, these are such pressing questions around the world that the country of Malaysia has even formed a data-sharing task force to figure out how best to share sensitive data amongst government agencies, as well as externally with the public sector.
Additionally, according to a North Highland survey of 700 senior business leaders and executives across the US and UK, both Operational Efficiency and Data & Analytics were ranked as top priorities for 2020. The recommendation post-survey was for organisations to focus on “fluid data sharing and collaboration” as part of a larger team transformation and customer experience strategy.
Traditionally, data that needs to be passed through and between organisations is done via APIs, which are great for sending and receiving information but don’t provide the necessary atomic levels of security and encryption that today’s hyper-aware consumers and industry standard regulations are demanding. As we continue to move towards a more data-driven economy, with the majority of that data being highly sensitive and regulated, traditional APIs and public cloud storage no longer suffice. What we need is a paradigm shift in the way sensitive data is ingested, stored, protected and shared.
The Gospel solution
It’s clear that organisations are in desperate need of a way to safely and securely share sensitive information with participating partners and 3rd parties within the network. Gospel are the leaders in shared sensitive data solutions and our latest product enhancements are focused on improving the capabilities to share sensitive data across multiple parties and addressing the expanding market requirements in data privacy.
With our most recent update now available, Gospel Data Platform 5.0 gives users another layer of security and improved audit capability, as well as the benefits of additional enterprise integrations for interoperability, configuration and compliance.
What’s new in this release?
The following updates underpin the direction in which the market is headed – towards the need for distributed secure data networks – enforced by trusted data.
User Intent Logging – Who, Where, What?
To comply with data privacy and consent guidelines it’s critical to be able to demonstrate who read the data and when, but organisations and individuals also want to know when unsuccessful data access attempts have been made. This is important in order to maintain a proactive awareness of any malicious or unintended data access. This information can be fed to upstream security solutions to ensure a 360-degree view of all attempts to access data, adding to the overall ‘threat intelligence profile’ organisations must maintain.
To this extent Gospel are excited to announce our new User Intent Logging feature. The User Intent feature in Gospel identifies and logs what a user intended or wanted to do within the network. The information displayed includes the Action – what data was accessed; the Key – where the transaction occurred; and the Actor – the specific user in question.
This level of visibility is incredibly powerful as it gives organisations complete insight into every single intended user action within the network, which is then logged in Gospel’s tamper-proof audit trails, providing an immutable, auditable record of every unsuccessful transaction.
Enterprise Connectors- Jumpstart your integration
Ease of integration into existing data sources is a key requirement in order to quickly, effectively and seamlessly ingest data for it to be secured and shared.
To this extent Gospel are pleased to announce further integration enhancements to our platform including market leading enterprise applications.
New enterprise integrations include:
- SAP: allows Gospel to connect to and exchange data with SAP HANA installations.
- Outsystems: Gospel v.5 now integrates with Outsystems low-code environment for customers who have their applications built using this solution. Those customers will be able to build their own applications and solutions using the Gospel Outsystems connector, avoiding any disruptions to business processes.
- Salesforce: Gospel Data Connector available on the AppExchange enables Salesforce customers and partners to securely ingest, store, protect and share sensitive data both within and beyond their Salesforce instances. The Gospel Data Connector surfaces select live views of data into your own or your partner’s Salesforce dashboard or web app for more efficient data sharing and collaboration. Check us out on the AppExchange here to get started.
Login integrations – Integrate with your Existing Login Systems
One of the defining features of Gospel is the ability to authenticate users via known trusted Authentication solutions, providing a base-level of trusted authentication ahead of any data access. Ensuring Gospel seamlessly integrates with all of the major authentication solutions which are found in enterprise organisations is a key component of the platform.
In the latest version of Gospel, we have made it a priority to further our Authentication integration to cover the following identity management solutions:
- Azure Active Directory
Gospel offers various software development kits (SDKs) that provide programmatic access to the Gospel Data Platform. We have developed a RESTful API and a range of SDKs which enable enterprises to quickly and seamlessly integrate Gospel into their existing environments.
With version 5.0 organisations are now able to communicate with Gospel easily and securely via third party systems or applications using our new .net SDK.
- Gospel Angular SDK: Provides a convenience wrapper for the Gospel JS SDK for recent versions of Angular JS.
- Gospel Java SDK: Provides a quick and convenient interface to your Gospel network from Java applications.
The future of data networks is here
The latest features and additions to the Gospel Data Platform were added in response to industry trends and business demands and provide a better way to work with data beyond the database.
The latest version of Gospel allows users to access exciting features in a fully managed Gospel environment with no additional integrations needed. Furthermore, the general accessibility, automation and control over shared sensitive information will create a more seamless developer experience.
We strive to help companies and dev teams be more productive and remove manual work with additional features like automation (Smart Contracts), along with capabilities such as consensus on reads and contextual access controls.
It is predicted that personal data protection and compliance will be a top priority for businesses and consumers in 2020. It’s our mission to give developers better ways to work with data wherever it resides, including in public and private clouds.
Want to find out more about Gospel and the latest features?
Click here to get started testing your use cases on Google Cloud Platform today, complete with a guided tour to help get you up to speed quickly and easily.
And don’t forget to check out our short demo video where our Head of Developer Relations, Gus Maskowitz, walks you through how to spin up a Gospel node on GCP to build your own GDPR-compliant data sharing app in minutes.