At the personal level each individual stewards his or her own data according to one’s needs which is very simple and flawed but generally good enough to conduct one’s life. Some data needs high security like your bank account password or your most personal thoughts that have been written down. Others are shared with varying degrees of flexibility.
However, in the current Information Age the importance of data governance becomes virtually critical when it comes to the very security of a nation or the security of a business venture’s data. International governments increasingly see threats from the airwaves and internet systems to be of national importance. Spying is no longer merely James Bond affairs. The threats are virtually invisible. To an IT specialist, however, the issue is simply one of data security & governance.
The point is: If national governments pay so much attention to this, so should you. Snowflake is a global leader in this field. No matter the size of your business or the scope and nature of your need, Snowflake can fulfil it. We have worked with governments and enterprises of all sizes and fields, from mega corporations like Capital One, Micron, Adobe, and Logitech, to smaller companies like Freight Tiger and Viostream.
We can look after them all because data governance initiatives may vary in scope as well as objectives. You can use it across your entire enterprise or just to create a pilot project to resolve an existing issue or demonstrate value. The scope of implementation can be from review of a single IT system, to a cross-organization initiative.
Gartner defines Data Security Governance (DSG) as “a subset of information governance dealing specifically with protecting corporate data (in both structured database and unstructured file-based forms) through defined data policies and processes.” You define the policies. You define the processes.
There are two critical aspects to this. Data security – ensures data is classified according to its sensitivity, and defining processes for safeguarding information and preventing data loss and leakage. And, data governance is the common denominator that is the key to managing security, privacy and risk making it more effective and easier.
So, What Is Data Governance
At a macro level, data governance is a political concept concerned with international relations and Internet governance. At the micro level, it is data management focused on corporate data governance supporting a company’s business and operational objectives.
Data governance encompasses the people, processes, and information technology required to create a consistent handling of an organization’s data across the business enterprise. It provides all data management practices with the necessary foundation, strategy, and structure needed to ensure that data is managed as an asset and transformed into meaningful information. Data governance is used across levels of the enterprise from building efficiencies in processes to meeting regulatory requirements and all the way to improved customer service. It also helps secure and minimise risks like financial misstatement, inadvertent release of sensitive data, or poor data quality for key decisions.
Snowflake: Your Secure Data Steward
A data steward ensures that data governance processes are followed and guidelines enforced involving recommended improvements to data governance processes as well. Snowflake helps you through this process, enabling you to gain full control of your data by training your employees and setting up processes; or we can run it for you from a little bit to the whole nine yards.
Data governance is increasingly important as data volumes, sources, and users increase for organizations large and small. Data governance best practices have become more important than ever in the age of big data. Below are a few essential steps on the road to a successful data governance strategy.
Start small and grow: Take advantage of existing opportunities to improve data management and don’t try to boil the ocean from day one. Successful data governance projects require change management within the organisation. Take smaller steps at first to help stakeholders become more comfortable and also to test processes and internal communications.
Identify all your data domains and define controls: This is a big step — enclosing all the data sets and access points to start thinking about systemic data control points. This step includes mapping out an A to Z plan to define automated workflow processes, approval thresholds, reviews, issue resolution and much more.
Measure progress: Maintaining data governance best practices is an on-going process; you’ll need to define, report and measure against your organisation’s data management goals on a regular basis. Metrics will vary from business to business depending on size, data scope and sources; how data is disseminated both inside and outside the organisation. A few common metrics to consider include rate of adoption, number of data issues/events, and overall cost of the program, from data rectification to issue resolution.
Create a recurring, repeatable process: To use a cliché, data governance best practices are a journey, not a destination. This is not a one-and-done project. As data volumes grow, and new data streams and new access points emerge, you’ll need a policy for periodic reviews of your data governance structure — essentially governance of the data governance process.
Snowflake and Data Governance Best Practices
Snowflake’s cloud data platform and its broad ecosystem of partners, including data governance experts such as Talend, provide the perfect foundation for improved data governance. To learn more, download our eBook “Five Steps to Successful Data Governance.”
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