Why does this matter?
Data Discovery is the foundation of a good privacy program. You can't be a responsible data steward if you don't know your data and where it lives.
Beyond wanting to do the right thing, several privacy and security laws require you to have your data mapped. That includes responding to data subject access requests or doing a privacy impact assessment. You can't do any of that without knowing where your data lives within the organization. Without automated data discovery, companies are often left to use systems like a manually built spreadsheet to track data. That makes you vulnerable to inefficiencies, human error and pain. And even then, oftentimes, data hiding in various systems and databases gets overlooked. Human error is real.
- Automates data identification and classification.
- Helps you comply with privacy and security obligations.
- Makes an inevitable process much less painful