Data Management Begins With Discovery
The implementation of GDPR forces business leaders to consider closely where every single piece of personal data is across their entire IT estate, and that includes the Cloud obviously.
This means that a thorough approach to data discovery is needed, one which will lead the organisation to unearth even personal information stored on its systems that it wasn’t aware it had access to.
Normally, organisations have several gigabytes of data that is simply ‘hiding’ throughout their network and which isn’t used in its day-to-day operations. This may include sensitive company information, personally identifiable data (PID), and duplicated information from previous or ongoing data collection or processing activities; all of which could be misappropriated or mistakenly shared.
When seen from this perspective, the question of managing all the data that an organisation possesses about individuals becomes a more complex one to answer, and which will require significant time, resources and budget.