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Why data governance matters in going beyond GDPR compliance

Shirley Finnerty

Shirley Finnerty

M365 Business Group Lead

Read Time, 1 min.

For organisations that are impacted by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), protecting the privacy of individuals is no longer just good business practice; it’s a legal obligation.

So, how do you implement an effective data governance program that is proactive, reactive and future-proofs data security?

Data governance is not only about GDPR

Data is a valuable corporate resource, but under the GDPR any personal data collected by an organisation that pertains to customers, potential customers, employees and others comes with significant responsibilities.

Of course, there is more to data governance than just processes and practices. It’s important to keep in mind the guiding principles on which data governance is founded. These include: integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, stewardship, standardisation and change management.

Initially, the assignment of roles is probably the one of the most important aspects to developing a successful data governance program. Eventually though, the automation of more processes, using intelligent, secure enterprise-grade cloud products will reduce user involvement and costs, as well as shifting the focus away from the details of compliance to security excellence.

Managing information effectively to meet internal and external compliance requirements is more complex today than ever, due to the exponential growth in the amount of data coupled with new regulations, such as those imposed by the GDPR.

That’s why we’ve produced a digestible eBook to help executives create an effective data governance plan and prepare the way for security excellence. It covers:

  1. What is data governance
  2. GDPR data governance implications
  3. Building blocks of a data governance program
  4. Data governance implementation

Free whitepaper: Data Governance for GDPR Compliance

Protect the privacy of personal data by putting an effective data governance strategy in place

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