Since it is highly unlikely that my wife will read a blog on data security, I think I can safely share that she is a snoop around birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. My wife cannot stand the suspense of not knowing what gift might be in store. The gift’s value is not relevant; it is the not knowing that kills her.
My strategy is to hide her gifts in my son’s room, which is a catastrophic mess of toys, papers, books, clothes and random objects. I can almost put a gift in plain sight in his room, since she isn’t likely to see it in the chaos. Every once in a while, she may be lucky enough to uncover the gift, but the clutter of boyhood hides most evidence — as a security practice, it is fairly resilient.
What Does This Have to Do With Connected Data?
An organization’s data landscape is like my son’s room, with disconnected databases and data warehouses stored haphazardly across the enterprise. The ‘data catastrophe’ also has a certain measure of security resiliency built in. Although it is certainly possible for some valuable data to be compromised without being noticed — whether that compromise is accidental or malicious — distributed, disconnected data silos provide a modicum of resilience, as it is difficult to extract data at scale.
Think about it. How difficult would it be to steal the names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and credit card numbers from people if you had to find each piece of data one at a time? It would be even harder if the data was in multiple formats and multiple places. The ..