Data Privacy and Security

Looking Beyond the Data: Reduce the Risk of Security and Compliance Breaches

Data is taking over. Organizations of all sizes are drowning in structured and unstructured data. Contained in databases, structured data can be monitored through applications, while unstructured data ─ documents, images, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, videos ─ represents a serious risk to businesses of all sizes. Unstructured data is growing fast, leaving organizations confused about what that data is, where it is kept (SharePoint, Windows file servers, NAS devices), and who has access to it.

No matter what form it takes, all data is equal when it comes to security and compliance; it represents the lifeblood of an organization and its customers. All of it must be protected.

The issue is that many organizations put focus on corralling data and lose sight of the importance of looking beyond the data. It’s critical to examine who has access to what, along with the parameters of the user’s role within the organization. Additional factors that may elevate a user’s risk level include location and compliance laws. By focusing on data alone, organizations run the risk of missing these key factors that could affect data access governance and lead to regulatory exposure and security holes.

For example, a global company has to be aware of certain countries’ compliance laws as each protects privacy in different ways.  If your data policies don’t look at things like an employee’s location or their entitlements in other countries, it’s possible you could unknowingly breach a compliance regulation.

Regardless of whether an organization is global or operates solely within a community, data governance must be able to satisfy compliance requirements and quickly address security threats, ideally preventing them from arising at all. If your solution monitors and governs data separately from dealing with identity and access management, then your organization can be at risk for a security breach of compliance violation.

It’s important to view access governance through the lens of connected security, so you have the full picture of data access across your organization. Security technologies should be integrated across the entire enterprise and go beyond the data to connect every user’s roles and privileges. In doing so, organizations can ensure that each employee has only the access needed to do the job and all access-related compliance regulations are met.

A data access governance plan that’s rooted in connected security can ensure the business has all the right levels of protection, while supporting compliance and maintaining continuity of business operations. Another plus ─ not only will a connected security approach help the organization maintain global compliance, it will help implement a full lifecycle strategy for proactively detecting and mitigating security threats, both from inside and outside of the organization.

So, look beyond the data by leveraging connected security. Make connected security the basis for your data access governance, and you’ll always have the whole picture.  


Bill Evans is VP and General Manager at Dell Software


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Bill Evans

Bill Evans is VP and General Manager at Dell Software

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