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Concentric Announces Webinar with Heidi Shey, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research from Independent Research Firm on Unstructured Data Discovery, Categorization and Risk Assessment

CEO Karthik Krishnan Welcomes Featured Speaker Heidi Shey to Provide Best Practices for Risk Mitigation, Data Governance and Compliance and Privacy

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Concentric Inc, a leading vendor in intelligent AI-based solutions for protecting business critical data, today announced that Founder and CEO Karthik Krishnan will host a webinar with featured speaker Heidi Shey, Principal Analyst at the research firm Forrester. The event will take place on June 23 at 11 am PDT.

​Krishnan and Shey will discuss best practices for identifying and securing the millions of files created and managed by an organization’s employees. Research from Concentric shows that nearly a third of these files contain business-critical information that if not protected could lead to data loss, compliance and privacy violations, and cybercrime.

“Unstructured data is exploding,” said Krishnan. “Many files contain specialized or business critical data, making them difficult to discover, categorize and evaluate for risk. Our webinar will give IT professionals the insights they need to effectively manage and protect their data.”

Attendees of the webinar will learn:

  • How the definition of business-critical data has evolved – it’s not just about PII/PCI anymore
  • What risk assessment means in different contexts and why data discovery is an essential part of risk assessment
  • How available solutions work and what’s needed to cope with growing volumes of unstructured data
  • Use cases and things to consider for deployment

“In the final analysis, IT security is really all about data security,” Krishnan added. “Every investment you make has to manage, protect or control data in some way – and it has to do it without interfering with the business.”

Those interested in attending this webinar can register at

About Heidi Shey
Shey is a principal analyst at Forrester serving security and risk professionals. Her research primarily focuses on data security and privacy strategy, skills development, policies, and related technology controls. She guides clients in applying a Zero Trust, data-centric approach to securing data, advising them in areas like sensitive data discovery and classification, data loss prevention, secure communications, and more. Her research coverage includes breach costs, eDiscovery, cyberinsurance, and customer-facing breach notification and response. Shey’s recent research efforts include “The State of Data Security and Privacy, 2020,” and co-authorship of “Capturing Innovation In Your Security Program,” both published earlier this year. As an acknowledged expert in the field, she brings a data-driven perspective to the question of unstructured data security. Shey has been with Forrester since 2006. Shey holds a B.A. in economics and studio art with honors from Wellesley College and an M.S. in cybersecurity policy from the University of Maryland. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About Karthik Krishnan
Krishnan is the Founder and CEO of Concentric AI. He has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership roles at various hardware, software and systems firms, including at Intel, Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Symantec, PGP Corporation (acquired by Symantec) and Niara (acquired by HPE/Aruba). He has earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an F.C. Austin Scholar.

About Concentric
Concentric discovers and protects business critical content stored in unstructured data, which according to Gartner represents 80 percent of all corporate data. Concentric protects sensitive business data, including intellectual property, financial documents, PII/PCI content in documents, business confidential data (strategy plans, product roadmaps, contracts, blueprints), and stored in Office365/Sharepoint, Windows file shares, Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. The Concentric Semantic Intelligence™ solution uses deep learning to develop a semantic level understanding of the content in each document and leverages that data to discover business sensitive content, surface high risk data, and remediate issues without relying on upfront rules or complex configuration. Concentric is venture backed by leading Silicon Valley VCs and is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, see


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