Staring Down your Data Governance Challenges by Chris Rich

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With the explosion of unstructured data in most organizations, it will become both increasingly important to determine not only who should have access to what, but also, what’s worth securing. It should come as no surprise that when facing such a herculean task there needs to be some prioritization. To do that, you to need to ask for help from your users. You simply can’t do it alone.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom because new processes have emerged to help you get some or most of your way towards your goal. The first step is identifying who should be involved in the decision of who has access to what. To accomplish this, RSA has been developing a means to leverage activity information to serve as a possible starting point. By correlating the data and the activity on that data, the owner of the information can be determined and then asked to assist with the process by reviewing who has access to what. This includes not only accounts but also groups that have permissions on unstructured data. Next, as part of this process, these same users can be asked to identify what’s even worth reviewing in the current review cycle. Moving forward, each resource can be flagged for review as needed and others can be set aside for review at a later time.

By establishing a regular practice of asking your users for help using the RSA IMG platform, these turnkey configurable reviews make fast, accurate, easy and accountable work of getting control over your file systems, NAS devices, SharePoint® sites and more. If you are facing this kind of challenge, how else can you achieve success by technology alone? The answer lies in a combination of technology and people in the business who understand what the data is truly for. With a small amount of guidance and a few regularly scheduled reviews, you’ll be well on your way to staring down these challenges and making your organization safer in the process.

If you would like to learn more about the RSA Data Access Governance solution, join our upcoming webinar on Thursday at 12pm ET. Register for webinar here.

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