Data, data, and more data. We create more of it every day, and all of it must be appropriately cleaned, classified, secured, and stored.
But that’s a big task, and without a comprehensive, connected approach to data governance, your organization can run into some problems.
For example, a customer’s information may exist in both a sales solution and a logistics app, yet there may be variations in the individual’s details between the two systems. Any differences can cause integrity issues when the data is merged or integrated with organizational solutions such as enterprise resource planning or business intelligence. If the inconsistencies aren’t identified or fixed, there is the potential for analytical errors that can frustrate the customer and complicate business decision making.
Compliance with Data Privacy Laws
Another significant reason to institute data governance is to ensure your company remains in compliance. The regulatory landscape is growing more complex. For example, this year four U.S. states — Colorado, Connecticut, Utah, and Virginia — will start enforcing data privacy laws that are similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act.
“Data privacy laws in this country and around the world are changing more in 2023, and there will be no looking back,” wrote Fredric D. Bellamy, Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC, in a Reuters article.
These laws will require that organizations have comprehensive security and data management capabilities, which can be provided by a robust data governance strategy.
Beyond addressing the risks and challenges that data presents, governance can also generate benefits such as:
- Improved data quality, which in turn supports better decision making
- Reduced costs due to improved storage and data lifecycle management
- Fewer data silos and improved access policies, which helps analysts and data scientists more rapidly analyze data for insights
Microsoft Purview Partnership
With these perspectives in mind, RKON has strategically partnered with Microsoft to help our customers seamlessly address data governance. Specifically, we see Microsoft Purview as a strong solution.
You can obtain more details about the product here, but in general Microsoft Purview helps you gain visibility across clouds, devices, and applications to better protect, manage, and secure data.
“It provides enhanced visibility that organizations can leverage across their environment to help close gaps that can lead to data exposure, simplify tasks through automation, stay up to date with regulatory requirements, and keep their most important asset — their data — secure,” said Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President of Security at Microsoft.
For example, it brings together functionality including identity and access management, threat protection, cloud security, and endpoint management for a comprehensive approach to data governance and overall data lifecycle management.
Microsoft Purview also provides adaptive protection. It leverages machine-learning technology to understand how your company and employees use data, identify risky behaviors, and then automatically tailor data loss prevention controls.
We can help your organization meet data privacy laws, and maintain data governance. The RKON team has expertise working with Microsoft Purview, so we can answer whatever questions or concerns you have. And when you’re ready, we can help with the implementation. Contact us today.