Cleo Becker, senior regional counsel, Emerging Markets, the Nordics and Israel at Hitachi Vantara.

Cleo Becker, senior regional counsel, Emerging Markets, the Nordics and Israel at Hitachi Vantara.

When it comes to SA businesses and data governance, too often organisations simply do not know what data they hold, where it is stored or how it should be governed.

So says Cleo Becker, senior regional counsel, Emerging Markets, the Nordics and Israel at Hitachi Vantara.

Becker will be speaking about ‘Intelligent data governance' at the ITWeb Data Centre Summit 2018, to be held on 10 July at The Forum in Bryanston.

"As companies are transforming to take advantage of the digital era, it is clear that they need to leverage technology in order to meet current and future regulatory requirements," she says.

Xhead = Technology and processes

According to Becker, the basic principle of intelligent data governance is ensuring that the right technologies and processes are in place to guarantee accountability, integrity, security, compliance, availability, retention, disposition and transparency.

Delegates attending her talk will get some practical examples of how technology can be used to achieve compliance and, as a consequence, improve the quality of their data so that they can generate value from it. In addition, they will get an overview of key questions they should be asking their legal teams, as well as questions their legal teams may ask them.

The need for organisations to manage their data securely and effectively is more important now than ever before.

Stringent data protection regulations such as the GDPR will see businesses that are careless with their data and allow it to fall into the wrong hands being handed out harsh fines of up to millions of rand.

Moreover, organisations who are not harnessing the power of their data cannot hope to remain competitive.