Gartner Research

The Shared Responsibility of Data Governance, Information Protection and Controlling Sprawl

Published: 20 August 2014

ID: G00268770

Analyst(s): Heidi L. Wachs, Trent Henry


Gartner's field research on information sprawl examined how information spreads copiously as endpoints, storage and collaboration options expand. Containing sprawl while maintaining compliance and good information protection is a shared responsibility that extends beyond security and privacy teams.

Table Of Contents


  • The Backdrop of Sprawl
    • Meeting Regulations and Requirements
    • Creating Policies
    • Information Classification
    • Controls
    • New Technology, New Trends
    • Governance as Glue
  • Drivers and Constraints to Information Protection and Sprawl
    • Regulations
    • Responding to Regulation
    • Business Drivers
  • Risk and Governance Approaches
    • Risk Assessment
    • Risk Struggles
    • IT and Data Governance
  • Shared Responsibility
    • Culture
    • Policy
    • Playing Well Together
  • Striving for Control
    • Technology Adoption
  • Recommendations
    • Involve Users
    • Create a Shared (Data) Governance Function
    • Create a Baseline From What's Proven
    • Focus on Cost
    • Work With Data Management
    • Push for a New Role
    • Anticipate Evolving Regulation

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.