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What is data governance?

Marcel Wilson
Jan 8
Data governance drives risk assessments, which drives the compliance effort, which in turn develops the governance program.

Data governance refers to an overarching strategy that encompasses the policies, processes, technologies and people involved in managing, operationalizing and protecting data. Data governance drives risk assessments, which drives the compliance effort, which in turn develops the governance program. The three; governance, risk assessment, and compliance must work hand-in-hand for effective management and protection of data.

Data governance is a means of creating policies related to data, including how and where it is stored and sent, who has access to it and to what level, and what actions can be performed on the data; by whom, when, using what methods, and under what circumstances.

Human Sparks’ data governance framework is based on research into leading practices and industry trends. The framework consists of three domains; each with nine capabilities.

These capabilities are categorised as ‘people’, ‘process’ or ‘technology’ depending on their focus. Importantly, every capability may not be required for addressing an organization’s exposure to data-related risks. Therefore, an evaluation process is required to determine the organization’s data governance capability requirements.

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