With Federal calls in the last 30 days for a variety of legislation covering data breach notification, student data privacy protection, and privacy, more attention is obviously being brought to bear on how data is being used and by whom across the enterprise.
As the head of a vendor in the early stages of rolling out data governance tools, TrustLayers CEO Adam Towvim says the irony of data governance in the modern age is that the same application programming interface (APIs) technology that end users regularly use to access data can also be used to keep track of who should get permission to access that data.
Towvim says that as the API economy continues to gain momentum, being able to control who gets access to what classes of data, and when, has become a major challenge for IT organizations. By making use of APIs, Towvim says it’s now possible to apply policies to specific sets of data in a way that limits who gets to access that information.
In essence, Towvim is making a case for a more granular approach to data governance at a time when many organizations are starting to realize that data is the new currency of the modern world. Not only are people always trying to steal data, but the economic success of most organizations is directly tied to how widely their data is actually shared.
The real challenge is finding a way to make all that data truly accessible without necessarily having to compromise its value.