Where is Your Data and What Does it Do?

Sensitive data has long been a problem for large enterprises – but what about small to medium-sized organizations? With the increasing connectedness of (cloud) systems, access by multiple external parties, the proliferation of data and new uses for it, executives are having difficulty understanding where their data is, how it is being used, and what the risks to their business are because of it. Which all beg the question – how secure is your data? And who determines how it’s handled within your organization?

This uncertainty creates an additional problem for those tasked with protecting your organization, and with staying compliant to ever-changing regulations. With so many stakeholders involved how do you implement systems/processes that keep sensitive data secure, and hold those with access accountable?

In this post, we explore which roles within a small to medium-sized enterprise have access, govern, and store data. We discuss why their motivations aren’t always aligned to securing that data (despite best intentions). We offer some questions that IT, Ops, or risk-sensitive leaders can ask to improve their understanding of data within their organization. Finally, we examine the implications for risk-sensitive leaders who want to better protect their organization without inhibiting the pursuit of business objectives. Keep in mind, we are not proposing solutions for the issues of data proliferation and spread – we have partners who can help our clients with that. Our goal is to highlight the reasons these problems create security issues – which IntelliGO Networks’ MDR service can help alleviate – and offering questions to help you understand where to start.

Who are they?

If you aren’t sure who accesses, regulates access to, and determines storage/security practices for your data, you aren’t alone – this can be especially ambiguous in the SME where people tend to ‘wear many hats’. Many (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from IntelliGO MDR Blog authored by IntelliGO Networks. Read the original post at: https://www.intelligonetworks.com/blog/data-governance-in-smb