Data Democratization: Stage 6: Lock them up - Secure your data
Data needs to be protected just as networks are protected from malicious actors (internal and external). Data security should not be an afterthought but a design decision from the start. Enterprises have spent a considerable amount of resources securing their data centers, monitoring access to sensitive data, and yet there are significant data breaches every year. It has been reported that between January and September 2019, there were over 7.9 billion data records exposed — a 33% increase from the same time in 2018! The year 2020 turned out to be worse than 2019, and 2021 is on pace to be the worst year so far.
Modern data architectures in the cloud make it easy for enterprises of any size to adopt these standards, but it needs to be augmented with resources from the internal IT team. In addition, the modern cloud infrastructures are monitored, deploying the best processes, top-notch technology, and expert security analysts. Hence, everyone reaps the benefit of best practices deployed universally in the cloud and continued fixes for any security flaws in the technology stack.
The innovation of modern cloud computing, such as Azure, has lowered the barrier to setting up world-class secure decision support systems.