Gartner Research

Improving Data Governance With Effective Data Discovery

Published: 14 July 2014

ID: G00264068

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs


Understanding how sensitive and regulated data is collected, stored and shared throughout the enterprise is the foundation for good data governance. Creating a data inventory focused on sensitive and regulated data enables risk mitigation by managing repositories and eliminating unnecessary caches.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Mobilize Your Organization
    • Build a Team
    • Identify Relevant Law and Policy
  • Conducting a Data Inventory
    • Step 1: Define the Search Criteria
    • Step 2: Perform the Search
    • Step 3: Analyze the Results
    • Step 4: Remediate
    • Step 5: Implement Policy and Process
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Complete the Entire Process
  • Anticipate Legal Concerns

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