Dark Data as a Company Asset

Post Date: 10/02/2014
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I recently had the opportunity to author an article for CMSWire discussing how organizations can identify the dark data within their information gateways and enterprise collaboration systems, and turn these potential risks into company assets. Understanding what and where this data lives and properly classifying it will allow you to set the appropriate levels of protection. For example, many companies traditionally apply their security protocols in broad terms, meaning that they use the same security procedures for everything. Companies are now beginning to think about their data — dark data in particular — and information about their customers as an unrealized asset. However, much of that data may be lost in file shares or data silos, undiscoverable and unprotected. So what can be seen as a risk may also be viewed as an asset when accessed and protected appropriately. In the article, I discuss the benefits of implementing compliance technology to not only discover “dark data” for compliance purposes, but also for knowledge management and data discovery purposes. These benefits include:
  • Lowering overall total cost of ownership
  • Enabling business self-service
  • Accelerating data access and collaboration capabilities
  • Adhering to compliance policies and mitigating data risks
To read more about how organizations can properly access and protect dark data across multiple gateways, please visit CMSWire. To learn how AvePoint can help organizations implement the correct compliance and risk management technology for their unique needs, please visit our website.

Dana Louise Simberkoff is the Chief Risk, Privacy and Information Security Officer at AvePoint. She is responsible for AvePoint’s privacy, data protection, and security programs. She manages a global team of subject matter experts that provide executive level consulting, research, and analytical support on current and upcoming industry trends, technology, standards, best practices, concepts, and solutions for risk management and compliance. Ms. Simberkoff is responsible for maintaining relationships with executive management and multiple constituencies both internal and external to the corporation, providing guidance on product direction, technology enhancements, customer challenges, and market opportunities. Ms. Simberkoff has led speaking sessions at data privacy and security events around the globe. She was featured in Forbes, writes a monthly column for CMSWire, and was highlighted in the CSO Online list of “12 Amazing Women in Security”. She is a current member of the Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board and a past member of the Education Advisory Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Ms. Simberkoff holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danalouisesimberkoff/en Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danalouise

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