#Privacy: Getting data security right

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This year has seen the pressures facing business reach new heights.

Extremely intricate IT environments require businesses to constantly upgrade their applications. They need to improve on efficiencies and comply with tight regulations while keeping up with modern applications, as well as moving operations to the cloud to stay ahead of competitors. This creates a huge burden for already exhausted IT teams and resources to ‘shift left’, upgrade, migrate and test applications, faster.

It is no wonder that businesses are increasingly crumbling under the pressure.

The first six months of 2019 alone saw 4.1 billion compromised records that have been exposed. Businesses are also increasingly falling victim to a record number of application outages, cyber-attacks and data breaches. British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Ticketmaster, a list that continues to expand. These worrying stats are a reflection of the current state of affairs surrounding data.

The struggle to secure data

Data security and privacy are an integral part in everyday life in today’s hyper-connected world.

We now regard the protection of people’s personal information as a human right. Most organisations have accepted that as custodians of data, they bear the critical responsibility of ensuring personal information is protected. This has created a fundamental shift in how data is viewed and managed. The majority have now been forced to review how they secure and automate the delivery of data.

It is the data itself that complicates the discussion around securing data. It forms the very foundation of any modern digital enterprise and it drives everything from new user experiences to products and business insights.

For some businesses, speed is the goal to aim for. After all, speed has solidified its place as a key metric by which successful companies are measured. However, when it comes to companies that have valuable access to copious amounts of data (in Facebook’s case, 2.5 billion people), valuing speed at the expense of privacy and security can prove to be a costly decision.

The struggle to balance the relationship between moving too hastily and being thoroughly secure is what has led to the abundance of data leaks and breaches in the last few months.

Harnessing DataOps 

Identifying personal data is only half the difficulty. The majority of the task lies in successfully protecting and masking the data, without hampering speed. Thankfully there is huge potential for speed and security to co-exist harmoniously.

The happy medium comes in the form of a new attitude that allows businesses to build a comprehensive library of data sources that pinpoints the exact location of sensitive data across an organisation’s entire IT estate, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

It unites those data operators managing and securing data, with data consumers, such as the developers, analysts, data scientists and anyone else, who need data to do their job, removing any data friction.

No slowing down

Generated at break-neck pace, data shows no signs of slowing down or getting less complex.

Many businesses will inevitably find themselves struggling to keep their data secure, getting bogged down by the day-to-day operations surrounding data privacy.

Human error is inevitable. It is not possible to expect humans to be able to manage all that data and never make a mistake, nor is it effective.

The way forward is to turn to the multitude of tools available to us. Advanced technology tools such as machine-learning and AI can be extremely useful and reliable when it comes to automating data security. These tools can easily sift through huge amounts of data to identify mis-categorised data or detect parties that may be trying to access data they are not authorised to. This not only offers consistency across the organisation, but it also helps free up valuable IT resources to focus on more pressing data issues.

Taking your data further

Struggling with the need to secure all that data, many businesses will eventually find that a vast majority of their time and effort is spent on protecting the data from getting leaked, and not enough time is spent on leveraging the valuable data to gain insights and boost innovation.

Solutions such as DataOps enable businesses to focus on what really matters – reaping the benefits of all that valuable data, while advanced technology automates data security, so it is done in the most efficient and reliable manner.

Data security is not a one-size-fits all approach. It is a complex undertaking. Each company requires its own individualised strategy to navigate something as difficult and complicated as data.

By Benjamin Ross, International Director, Delphix

About Delphix

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