With Cloud, CDO and CISO Concerns Are Equally Important

June 9, 2021

Cloud data consolidation is widespread, as evidenced by the rapid growth of well-known cloud data warehouses like Redshift and Snowflake. Of course, the pivot to support remote working environments over the past year has accelerated this trend. With cloud migration comes valuable cloud data, a resource that, according to Forrester’s Jennifer Belissent, is a moderate priority for 61% of organizations and is a critical or high priority for 25%. The demand for cloud data insights not only magnifies the role of the chief data officer (CDO) but also makes it essential for the CDO to collaborate with the chief information security officer (CISO) to ensure data remains secure through the analytics pipeline. There is plenty of responsibility for each, and an organization’s success lies in the balance between the two.

On the one hand, CDOs are excited about this mass influx of new data and the insights the company can gain from it, while CISOs, who must ensure that these newly mined assets don’t become sources of risk, have the unfortunate task of saying, “Not so fast.” And to be clear, both points of view are legitimate. Companies stand to gain keen insight by analyzing and sharing the wealth of cloud data they create, but doing so without the proper protections puts the company at a higher risk of data breaches and associated regulatory fines.

So the question is, how can organizations extract the most significant return on investment (ROI) from data while maintaining best-in-class protection standards?


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