Data governance is the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of data used in an enterprise. A sound data governance program is important to execute those procedures and avoid data misuse. Silicon ANGLE brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Data governance does more than thwart GDPR police — a lot more.”

Dread of data misuse has been around for awhile and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) only exacerbated it. The legislation hasn’t done much to lighten the already drab image of data governance in people’s minds. To get all departments on-board for data governance missions, companies might lay down the sticks and try a carrot for a change.

Even though data governance isn’t as scary as it sounds, it does mean understanding what and where data is, who’s responsible for fixing it, and being able to measure whether it’s right or wrong in the first place. No small task.

Melody K. Smith

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