Data Discovery: The First Step in Reducing Organizational Risk

Data discovery is essential for risk identification, minimization, and mitigation

As the old adage goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” This is especially important to acknowledge when it comes to company data. What is hiding inside your organization? Credit card numbers for thousands of customers stored in an old email folder? Quite possibly. Confidential plans saved on a desktop? Maybe.

Data discovery reveals where your sensitive and otherwise risky data lives, and what it contains, so that you can take action to minimize your risk. Most of the time, people aren’t storing this information insecurely on purpose; it simply happens as employees complete their daily work. Until you search, you won’t know what’s there—and when you do, the dark data you bring to light might surprise you.

Data discovery is essential for risk identification, minimization, and mitigation, enabling you to do things like:

  • Build a comprehensive, up-to-date data inventory and map
  • Analyze and classify data according to risk category to prevent security breaches
  • Adhere to privacy policies and regulations that if broken come with costly penalties
  • Eliminate redundant, outdated, and trivial (ROT) information consuming storage space
    and budget

Across industries and organizations, data discovery can reduce your vulnerability for data breaches and theft, expensive non-compliance fines, and other unnecessary expense and risk.


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