Today’s fast-paced IT environments, typified by cloud and agile methodologies, can challenge governance efforts. Keeping track of all the changes, as well as ensuring proper data hygiene can be tricky - especially when the upgrades need to be deployed rapidly and at scale. Strict regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act, increase the pressures with costly penalties for not having the right governance and data protocols in place.
Understanding the Regulations
Compliance with data privacy laws and regulations begins with a clear understanding of their purpose and requirements. GDPR, for example, was created to encourage the baking of data protection measures right into product and service design processes. It addresses the new data and privacy challenges that arise from increased digital transactions and creates accountability for organizations that don’t have appropriate safeguards in place for securing customer information.
After understanding the regulatory requirements, companies can proceed to make necessary changes to ensure compliance both now and in the future.
Staying Ahead of the Regulations
Of course, the penalties of non-compliance should be motivation enough to ensure that IT governance and data protection protocols are airtight. However, companies should also look at the bigger picture and see how making some adjustments in their current governance methods can be more beneficial in the long term – after all, compliance is not a one-time thing. By taking steps such as educating employees as well as customers on good data hygiene, companies can build a strong foundation of trust and accountability.
There has been a fundamental shift in how organizations manage infrastructure and data. That’s why manual governance techniques can no longer keep up. Besides, they are costly and arduous. This is where automated enterprise governance comes in, which is a way for organizations to create custom rules that can provide alerts – rules that can be executed when certain conditions are met, such as when a software or database change might affect personally identifiable information (PII).
With the ability to create custom rule triggers (at the code-level), Panoptics will allow you to receive alerts based on those triggers. Panoptics takes it one step further and provides you awareness of your code’s security risks via GoeS’s Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) database. An automated governance framework enables businesses to manage decentralized data and infrastructure components that would otherwise be nearly unmanageable. It provides an agile way to govern software. Thus, allowing your developers and environment to be proactive instead of reactive.
Today, every organization – big and small – is in the throes of digitalization – making them answerable to laws and regulations that govern data privacy and security. Unfortunately, no organization or industry is immune to the adverse effects of poor governance of data and PII. Leaning on technology to advance IT governance can go a long way.