Data governance and cybersecurity

Within a modern enterprise, nowadays, all information circulating in an organisation can be traced back to digital data, single strings of bits. This digitised information is now the actual fuel of companies. Be it technical data, market analysis, marketing data relating to the preferences of one's customers, this information is strings of bits that are processed by a computer. For this reason, proper data governance allows for significant benefits such as, above all, the optimisation of business processes and awareness within the company of the actual set of data processed during business activity. Being aware of what one has at one's disposal is fundamental to make the most of it. However, it is not only necessary to govern data, but also to protect it from potential cyber- attacks. The activities of cybercriminals and hacktivists, in fact, often target companies, as they make perfect victims from whom important confidential information can be exfiltrated or ransom demanded, following a successful attack that has led to the blocking of the company's IT infrastructure.
Within a modern enterprise, nowadays, all information circulating in an organisation can be traced back to digital data, single strings of bits. This digitised information is now the actual fuel of companies. Be it technical data, market analysis, marketing data relating to the preferences of one's customers, this information is strings of bits that are processed by a computer. For this reason, proper data governance allows for significant benefits such as, above all, the optimisation of business processes and awareness within the company of the actual set of data processed during business activity. Being aware of what one has at one's disposal is fundamental to make the most of it. However, it is not only necessary to govern data, but also to protect it from potential cyber- attacks. The activities of cybercriminals and hacktivists, in fact, often target companies, as they make perfect victims from whom important confidential information can be exfiltrated or ransom demanded, following a successful attack that has led to the blocking of the company's IT infrastructure.
  • What is data governance?

    The term 'data governance' refers to the management of data within an organisation. Data governance processes involve establishing policies and procedures for the management of corporate data, defining roles and responsibilities for accessing data, ensuring data quality as well as for the protection of such data.

  • What is cybersecurity?

    Cybersecurity is the branch of computer science that deals with protecting computer systems, networks, data and users from cyber threats and attacks. It deals with preventing unauthorised access, manipulation, and theft of sensitive information, ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. To ensure the protection of information systems, their content, and users, it is necessary to combine the use of security measures:

    • techniques, such as security software like firewalls and anti-malware;
    • organisation, such as policies and procedures to establish what is and what is not allowed to be done within an IT infrastructure.
    It is not possible to protect an IT infrastructure in absolute terms. Instead, what a company should do is to recognise the IT risks that characterise its operational environment and implement the necessary preventive measures, in order to mitigate the occurrence of IT incidents as much as possible. Only by following a holistic approach in which people, technologies and procedures combine to raise the security level of the company, can IT infrastructures be effectively protected.

  • Why should a company invest in data governance and cybersecurity?

    Companies live off data. Failure to properly manage and protect them from internal and external threats means exposing them to attacks that can also cause extensive damage. Implementing data governance and cybersecurity measures is therefore not a secondary activity to business processes but, on the contrary, is a fundamental element to ensure that it can be carried out in the best possible way.

  • How can we support you?

    Our professionals support their clients in the development and implementation of data governance and cybersecurity strategies and projects, with the aim of unleashing the potential of the data and information handled by the company and protecting it from cyber threats, which are becoming increasingly frequent and pervasive in today's society.