Data Integration 2.0: Data Security and Privacy in the Age of the Connected Device

Today, companies need personalized service and value. But all too often, efforts to give them the required service gets hampered by inaccurate data. The problem is the data, if left unchecked, will rapidly erode at a rate of 20 percent annually, according to Gartner. Without access to accurate and up-to-date client information that is shared across the enterprise, costly mistakes can occur. That’s why companies must ensure that the lifeblood of their business—their data—is clean and accessible across the enterprise.

Data Security and Privacy and Connected Devices

It’s no secret that data integration is on a trajectory of rapid growth. According to a recent SAP report Expected Developments and Opportunities that data integration revenue will expand to 7.3 trillion by 2017 and predicted that “the data integration solution will expand exponentially and will offer every business endless data integration focused solutions.” The growth of the enterprise data integration marks the internet’s true coming of age. The application of enterprise data integration across various industries will continue to proliferate as more and more companies recognize the efficiency it can bring to the business process. Businesses should consider appointing a “data champion” who is responsible for instilling solid, secure data management habits. In addition to reducing data governance costs, standardized and secure data practices increase the speed and accuracy of analysis and help companies to better meet regulatory needs. Investment in governance including security will bring long-term returns and also avoid potential backlash and loss of client trust that could result from secure data getting into the wrong hands.

Cloud-based versions of data integration platforms are the latest tech aimed at addressing the increasingly distributed nature of the modern enterprise. Using data integration platforms provide data, app and business process integration solutions that empower organizations to leverage their information assets to gain competitive advantage. The shift away from traditional on-premise licensing within the segment is driven by more than the demand for better pricing and accessibility that is propelling the trend in the rest of the industry. The growing number of workloads that organizations are moving outside the firewall in pursuit of those benefits has also created a tangible need to extend back-end integration processes beyond the data center. But that’s much easier said than done for a large enterprise with upwards of thousands of employees each using a different combination of third party services to carry out their daily work. The use of a data integration platform promises to take some of the hassles out of the process with the newly included cloud-based feature, which has been specially adapted for off-premise data management.

Data platforms introduce a new means for controlling the flow of external information that can enable data administrators to extend the access controls and other policy enforcement mechanisms they’ve set up for their on-premise applications to external services. This feature is useful in a wide range of scenarios, such as ensuring personally identifiable details aren’t accidentally mixed into a freely viewable data set. Organizations can apply the functionality to applications through the built-in connectors that data integration platform has bundled into the service, which also offers other value-added components such as workflow templates and best practices from its user marketplace.

Using the right technology along with a formal, structured data governance and management policy will significantly minimize the risk of data leaks and security breaches and will go a long way towards reassuring clients. Businesses need to begin wrapping more standards and procedures around their projects to ensure their data integrity and security is airtight. Data from connected devices needs to be used sensitively and intelligently. The backlash against the potential invasion of privacy is a concern for many organizations planning to draw value from this data. These businesses need a pragmatic but agile approach to dealing with the data created from web-connected devices that balance security with accessibility. This varies according to the nature of the information in each particular case. However, it is critical to establish robust data governance, sound data management habits and strong security processes and procedures that respect the privacy of this data.

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