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Gazzang Selected for MIT Sloan CIO Symposium’s Innovation Showcase

The 9th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced Gazzang as one of ten vendors chosen for the 2012 Innovation Showcase. In selecting Gazzang for the prestigious event, judges noted that the company’s cloud-based Encryption Platform for Big Data represents a cutting edge B2B solution that combines strong value and innovation and has the potential to impact both the top and bottom lines.

“Despite all the hype, big data is still in the early stages and is a market ripe for innovation. As the volume of data continues to grow, organizations are now turning their heads towards big data security and looking for solutions that can protect the massive amounts of sensitive information being generated, while maintaining a high level of availability,” said Larry Warnock, president and CEO of Gazzang. “We are honored to be selected as an MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase finalist and look forward to sharing our strategy and solutions with industry thought leaders at the event.”

The Gazzang Encryption Platform for Big Data works as a last line of defense for protecting data within Hadoop, Cassandra and MongoDB, non-relational, distributed and horizontally scalable data stores that have become common management tools for big data initiatives. These data stores are known for their ability to process petabytes of data in real time, but they lack many of the built-in security controls associated with traditional database solutions. The Encryption Platform transparently encrypts and secures data “on the fly,” whether in the cloud or on premises and includes advanced key management that meets compliance regulations and allows users to store their cryptographic keys separate from the encrypted data.

“We are very impressed with these top ten Innovation Showcase finalists, as their technologies demonstrate incredible state of the art thinking applied toward today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” said David L. Verrill, Executive Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and the Co-chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Innovation Showcase provides a terrific one-of-a-kind opportunity for these start ups to gain a larger visibility in front of IT executives, key stakeholders, and venture capitalists.”

For a full list of Innovation Showcase finalists visit

The Innovation Showcase will take place at 6:20pm in the Kresge courtyard tent on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at MIT, in Cambridge, MA. The full agenda of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is available at

About Gazzang

Gazzang develops cloud-based encryption and key management solutions that help organizations address the security challenges of open source databases and big data. Gazzang is backed by Austin Ventures and Silver Creek Ventures. For more information, visit

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global event for CIOs and senior IT executives to become better business leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today’s changing global economy. The annual event offers a day of interactive learning and thought-provoking discourse on the future of technology, best practices, and business that is not available anywhere else. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by a team from the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, the MIT Center for Digital Business and the Boston Chapter of the Society for Information Management. Visit for more information and registration.

To stay connected to the community developing around the Symposium, please join The Global CIO & Executive IT Group (An MIT Sloan CIO Group), which can be found on Linkedin. Follow Symposium updates on Twitter.

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