ESG suggests continuous sensitive data monitoring

Every year, IT teams take a step back to assess their systems and plan for the coming months. At this time, many storage administrators and C-level executives alike participate in a familiar exchange. It starts with a simple question: At what rate is our data storage capacity growing, and how are we planning to protect that data as it expands?

The actual data growth rates driving these conversations may surprise you. According to research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 23 percent of midsize and enterprise organizations report that their stored data is growing at more than 50 percent annually, while 41 percent estimate their data growth to be in the 21 to 50 percent range. To learn exactly what all this new data includes and ensure they’re protecting its integrity, these companies are beginning to adopt continuous monitoring strategies, which may include data discovery tools, endpoint profiling solutions and intelligence-driven initiatives.

Why continuous data monitoring reduces security risks, protects sensitive data

ESG Analyst Jon Oltsik profiles this trend, and how data-aware storage is supporting organizations’ data discovery and security goals, in a recent report titled “DataGravity and Continuous Sensitive Data Monitoring.” Increasingly, organizations are taking a continuous approach to data monitoring, rather than relying on the traditional method of addressing potential risks as they become an issue. With continuous data monitoring, organizations can collect, process, and analyze data security risks as they relate to endpoints, networks, stored data and external threats.

If your team is looking to adopt sensitive data monitoring, as ESG explains, you need to ensure that any solution you choose can also offer visibility into your data. As Oltsik writes in his report, a comprehensive sensitive data monitoring plan should include continuous scanning for sensitive data discovery; automated data tagging; sensitive data lifecycle tracking; user access pattern mapping; operational system health monitoring; and correlation of continuous monitoring with activities relating to networks, hosts and applications. “Armed with real-time visibility of sensitive data files and who is using these files,” writes Oltsik, “CISOs can move on to fine-tune business policies and data security controls to maximize sensitive file data protection and accelerate incident detection and response.”

Oltsik continues:

“Rather than implement numerous continuous sensitive data monitoring tools and technologies, CISOs can deploy DataGravity storage appliances as a turnkey solution. Once files are moved to DataGravity, the security team can then identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data files henceforth while also sharing continuous sensitive data monitoring telemetry with SIEM and security analytics tools to enhance security across the organization. In this way, sensitive data can go from dark and obscure to traceable and actionable. The product is also designed to receive data from other storage systems and monitor that data for the types of information sensitivities that could cause harm if discovered or misplaced. Storage gains a whole new level of intelligence in protecting sensitive data.”

If your sensitive data monitoring strategy feels disjointed, download the ESG report for the full details on how DataGravity can simplify the process and protect your data.

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Perry Dickau

Former Director of Product Management for DataGravity, Perry provided guidance on product direction and development, as well as on technologies, standards, best practices, and industry trends for data governance, risk management, and compliance. He previously served as a product manager at AvePoint and holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of New Hampshire.