Data is generated, data is stored, data is retrieved. A very important aspect of data, though, is the management of it. Data governance is managing the integrity, security, availability and usability of stored data.
Data governance includes the implementation of a defined set of procedures, according to policies that have been set. A big part of data governance involves defining the ownership and responsibilities of the data in a business. The responsibilities consist of data accuracy, accessibility, consistency, completeness, and updates.
Apart from that, processes relating to the storage, archive, backup and protection of data must also be rigorous to prevent any malicious attacks, thefts or accidents. Controls must be put in place to make sure the usage of data complies with local and international regulations.
As a Data and Enterprise Storage Company, HDS take Data Governance Seriously.
Data is not only the key part of enterprises – it’s the core of their business. For example, analysis of data could lead to revenue gains through understanding consumer behaviour. Customer data is key to ongoing operations, and staff records are not only important for internal HR but are also highly confidential and must be treated as such.
The sudden popularity of social media, mobile access to data and technologies that process data at scale have led to companies rushing to leverage big data analytics. With the rate of which data – particularly unstructured data – is being generated, data governance, which was never a simple matter, has become even more complex.
There has been an increase in ransomware and malware activities. Most notably in terms of governance we have seen numerous examples even in the last year of highly confidential data being stolen then openly shared. Security, encryption and policy play important roles to prevent malicious hackers from either decrypting and changing your data, or extorting it for money.
The rise of data being hosted in public clouds, along with increasing mobile access to all kinds of data, spells nightmare for data governance in general.
The convenience of bring your own device (BYOD) is a tide that corporations cannot fight because their users demand it. Cloud is the great enabler for BYOD but, along with security and vulnerability concerns that often go hand in hand with cloud, it also raises a new question regarding data sovereignty. Essentially this relates to “where does my data reside?” “under which legal jurisdiction?” and “what is the impact on this in terms of my own data governance policies?”
In addition, BYOD itself creates other complexities with more connected devices inevitably leading to more potential points of vulnerability and more chances that the wrong person has access to the wrong data. Keeping track of how many copies of each item of data are being stored and where they are being stored also becomes incredibly challenging.
All of these factors lead to questions about whether you are able to comply with all legal and policy requirements.
What is the HDS Approach to Data Governance?
Hitachi Content Platform is a solution that makes the most out of your existing authentication and authorisation infrastructure, adding levels of security and management across diverse IT infrastructures.
The HDS solution set enables full control of data over multiple environments and the ability to securely manage access to distributed data sources. In doing so, HDS aim to mitigate data loss, theft or unauthorised exposure.
Other industrial-grade governance technology includes encryption capability based on U.S. National Security Agency standards. The platform also provides Write Once Read Many (WORM) technology, absolutely critical for data authenticity for documents that must remain static.
Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) also includes access controls, logging, auditing and discovery. These are critical features when managing your governance policies.
HCP also has additional options such as HCP Anywhere, which is a unique solution for secure, manageable yet flexible file sync and share.
Key to note when implementing your own data governance policies is to ensure you have a technical solution that allows you to easily implement and enforce the policy. Hitachi Content Platform clearly fits the bill for many large enterprises.
Solving a Problem That is Only Going to Get Worse.
What we like about the HDS approach to data governance is that they are doing so on a platform that has been built to handle the challenging demands of data growth. Hitachi Content Platform is an object-based storage platform that has very strong data governance functionality built into it.
This is a valid approach. Object stores are critical for companies that are creating and collecting a broad variety of data types at scale. In today’s data-driven world, catering to this type of data growth is critical. The downside is that the very unstructured nature of the way this data is growing causes significant governance problems.
HDS have recognised this and built a solution that provides a platform for multiple data types to grow at scale, yet puts the tools in place to monitor, manage, secure and protect that data at the same time.