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GCN : May 2016
W HEN YOU THINK of “i nfor mation” and “secur ity” together, you automatically think of cybersecurity. The increasing need to protect sensitive data from theft is fueling the industry ’s exponential grow th, from $75 billion today to a projected $170 billion by 2020. Cybersecur ity is to this decade what plastics was to the 1960s. There’s more to protecting your data than simply keeping it out of the wrong hands. Data is the currency of today. Your data holds potential. There could be information buried within your agency’s data that could change the world—the cure for the Zika virus or the m issing piece that will lead to ISIS leaders’ arrest. Even if it’s something more ordinary, information equals value. Data governance may be far from sexy, but it’s equally as important in protecting and deriving value from your data as its more fashionable cousin cybersecu rity. With so much focus on keeping your information safe from i ntentional theft and ensuri ng its integrity, your agency’s ability to make full use of that data is often stifled. According to a recent survey of Federal decision makers by Market Connections, 65 percent of organi zations don’t have an analytics tool in place to consolidate data. The study also found more than half (53 percent) of organi zations need to consolidate information from more than one source. So what are these organi zations using in lieu of analytics? The vast majority use Excel and other desktop tools. This trend is concerni ng for three reasons: the lack of protection a round the data the manual staff hours required to compile the data the subsequent inability to see the whole story within the data The result is agencies are using incomplete and inaccurate data to make decisions. I nstead of analyzi ng information, agencies are spending countless hours manually compiling the data. According to the Market Connections study, the more data sources an organi zation uses, the more ma nual staff hours a re required. Of even g reater concer n is that after spending all that effort compiling the various data sources , the data now resides in a format that is prone to errors, has no inherent security and can be easily manipulated. If ten people from the same agency come to a budget me eting, they’ll likely have ten different versions of the current spend. With data volumes growing exponentially and organi zations regularly collecting billions of data records from multiple sources, the negative effects of using spreadsheets to manage the agency are magnifying. The increased influx of data could mean a bigger burden on IT—but it doesn’t have to. Imagine if your users were empowered with a governed data library that provided the freedom to explore the information they needed without the risk of data leakage or dumps into Excel? These technologies ex ist today. Buried within your data are countless answers. There are likely answers to questions you haven’t even yet thought to ask. To ensure the intri nsic value of that data is maintained, it’s critical to compile, analyze and visualize your data with tools that protect your i nformation through a data governa nce process that delivers the r ight infor mation to the right people. In the end, the entire agency must be making g reat decisions based on timely, accurate information. Monica McEwen is the Public Sector Director, Qlik. MONICA MCEWEN PUBLIC SECTOR DIRECTOR, QLIK HOW ARE YOU PROTECTING YOUR DATA? Data is the currency of the modern world, so you must protect it as if it were truly currency. CANDY SALES MALAYSIAN JUNGLES © 2016 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. qlik.com/wholestory Qlik sees the relationships other data analytics solutions don’t. Our unique associative model helps you see the whole story that lives within your data so you can make better, more informed business decisions. Learn more at carahsoft.com/innovation-qlik Qlik® helps you find unexpected connections in your data. S-18 SECURING THE ENTERPRISE SPONSORED CONTENT
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