Manage and Protect Your Data Assets
Your data is a tangible organisational asset. Is it protected?
Before you can protect your data you must first know what data you have, understand its value, analyse if you need it, and identify what risks your data faces.
Our data experts can:
- Audit your data so you have a clear understanding of your data assets.
- Validate the need and value of the data for your organisation.
- Analyse your data for risks so your organisation is better protected.
- Create a custom data governance framework that ensures your data remains reliable, accessible and protected throughout its life cycle.
Knowing What Data You Have
Your data is a tangible organisational asset.
Data needs to be appropriately governed to continually generate value for your organisation. However, managing all your organisation’s data can be challenging.
It can also be hard to keep track of all the data your organisation has collected, and continues to collect. With the acceleration of external forces such as mass-scale data hacks now is the time to discover:
- What data you have
- Where it comes from
- Where it is stored
- Who has access to it, and
- If it’s currently governed
We can audit your data assets so you will have complete confidence in your data.
Validating The Need For The Data
Do you need the data you have?
Following the audit, the next step is to validate the need and value of the data.
Does your organisation need all the data currently being collected and stored? The overcollection of data increases the risk of collecting and paying for irrelevant, unusable or duplicate data. This can lead to data becoming a liability instead of a valuable asset for your organisation.
An audit also allows you to evaluate whether you have the right to store the data from a legal and compliance perspective. For example, do you have the right to capture and store the personal data of your customers? What happens to the data if they are no longer a customer? How much do you actually need to collect to operate efficiently and still effectively serve your customers?
We can validate your data to ensure your organisation avoids unnecessary data collection, duplicate data, and complies with laws and regulations.
Protect Your Data
Know your data risks
When the data has been validated you will need to manage the data through the stages of its life cycle; creation, storage, access, usage, sharing, maintenance, archiving, and disposal. Each stage of the cycle creates unique risks and security challenges.
To address these challenges our process is to focus on three major components at each stage: accessibility, compliance and risk management.
As a result of this process, you will be able to track who has access to your data in a more consistent and efficient manner. Furthermore, you will be able to understand your data’s compliance with regulations such as data privacy laws, isolate the areas where your data is most vulnerable, and know how you can ensure its security.
Talk to us about analysing your data for risks so your organisation is better protected.
Your data needs rigorous governance
Data governance policies ensure your data remains reliable, accessible and protected throughout its life cycle.
By having the right data governance framework and operating model you will know what data needs to be regulated. You’ll also know what aspects of data governance need more effective procedures e.g. security and access, and who is accountable for the data.
Implementing rigorous data governance across your organisation can lead to the following:
- Cost reduction
- Enhanced ownership and accountability
- Reduction in data risks
- More effective data protection
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A Data Roadmap
In this article we look at one activity that’s beneficial to a data program of work – creating a Data Roadmap that aligns to your transformation program.