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Canopy Named a Sample Vendor for Data Breach Response in the Gartner® Hype Cycle™ for K-12 Education, 2023

Canopy Team Sep 14, 2023 11:12:10 AM
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Adding to its recent announcement, Canopy is excited to announce its recognition as a Sample Vendor in the Data Breach Response category of the Gartner Hype Cycle for K-12 Education, 2023 (July 2023).

The need for data breach response technology is growing within the K-12 Education market. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a U.S. federal law that guarantees students and their parents a right to privacy of student education records, was passed in 1974 and has since been updated to address the growing threat that cyber attacks pose to privacy.

FERPA 34 CFR Part 99 requires prior written consent before educational institutions can disclose personally identifiable information (PII) from education records. While breach notification is not legally required by FERPA at this time, all 50 states have adopted broader (and increasingly stricter) breach notification requirements that encompass student PII. Further, schools are more frequently electing to notify their communities of breaches in order to maintain trust and allow impacted individuals to safeguard their data.

“We believe that the inclusion of a Data Breach Response category and mention of Canopy as a Sample Vendor on this Hype Cycle reflects the growing importance of safeguarding student data in the U.S.,” said Ralph Nickl, CEO and founder of Canopy. “To us, this recognition by the Gartner analysts shows that Canopy’s Data Breach Response software is a leading tool for identifying compromised PII and people following a cyber incident, enabling schools to alert impacted individuals quickly and comply with breach notification regulations.”

According to Gartner, “Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities. Gartner Hype Cycles are developed by expert analysts according to a common methodology.”* The Hype Cycles can help companies “separate hype from the real drivers of a technology’s commercial promise, reduce the risk of your technology investment decisions, and compare your understanding of a technology’s business value with the objectivity of experienced IT analysts.”*

In the Priority Matrix for this and the additional three Hype Cycles** where Canopy is mentioned as a Sample Vendor, the Data Breach Response category is predicted to reach mainstream adoption in less than two years with a high level of benefit.

Read our recent press release, Canopy Recognized for Data Breach Response in 2023 Gartner® Hype Cycles, for more information on Canopy’s additional mentions. Gartner clients can access the Hype Cycle for K-12 Education, 2023 here.


* Gartner Research Methodology, “Hype Cycle”, 14 September 2023,
** Gartner, Hype Cycle for Privacy, 2023, Bernard Woo, Bart Willemsen, 24 July 2023
** Gartner, Hype Cycle for Data Security, 2023, Brian Lowans, 14 July 2023
** Gartner, Hype Cycle for Legal and Compliance Technologies, 2023, Lauren Kornutick, Ron Friedmann, Kerrie McDonald, 12 July 2023

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About Canopy Software
Canopy is the leader in AI-powered privacy and data breach software. Canopy’s patented flagship product, Data Breach Response, provides incident response teams with fast, accurate, and secure data mining, personal data (PII & PHI) review, and entity management. Its second offering, Privacy Audit, gives companies transparency into what’s in their data so they can evaluate their business practices and proactively mitigate risk. Canopy has been named a winner of the 2022 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, the 2022 NVTC Tech 100, the 2021 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, and the 2021 Global InfoSec Awards. Connect with one of our Foresters today at or visit to learn more about our software solutions.