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Updated: December 14, 2023
October 23, 2023
Updated: December 14, 2023
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Multi-cloud adoption is on the rise. When you consider the advantages they offer to enterprise network teams, it's no wonder why. Despite this, leveraging multi-cloud can make data governance a tricky task.

Data governance is an essential and critical aspect of modern enterprise networking - it covers how we manage data availability, integrity and security. It covers all manner of data - from sensitive and personal to operationally critical data.

What exactly are the potential pitfalls around data usage in a multi-cloud environment? How can IP Fabric help organizations overcome these challenges to develop a robust and compliant data management strategy?

Why is data governance necessary in the cloud?

Leveraging the multi-cloud can make data governance much more difficult than usual:

  • Data proliferation - With businesses generating data at an accelerated pace, cloud-based platforms are able to manage the growing volume, variety and velocity. It's crucial that teams are able to implement controls and visibility to effectively track data usage.
  • Discovery and data awareness - Multi-cloud environments make networks bigger and therefore harder to keep track of where data is stored. Data governance strategies ensure the visibility, availability and security of data, even in multi-cloud environments.
  • Privacy and compliance - Regulatory compliance demands that auditable and measurable standards and procedures are implemented to ensure compliance with both internal data policies and external government regulations. Migration to cloud services requires a heightened focus on enforcing, monitoring and reporting compliance. Data governance plays a key role in ensuring this.

What risk does multi-cloud pose to ensuring data governance?

Where did I leave that data?

Imagine you're a network engineer. You're responsible for maintaining data centers spread across multiple sites. Oh, and you have data stored across multiple cloud-vendors attached to your on-premises network. Good luck finding the data you need, when you need it. Network engineers need a way to accurately pinpoint where data is stored for auditing purposes (here's looking at you, PCI compliance audit).

Without visibility, they also lack the necessary control over their data. Not being able to see how the data can be used, who has access to it and who SHOULD have access, does a very uncomfortable engineer make. Unfortunately, they can't always rely on the cloud team to give them the information they need.

Speaking of audits...

As we just touched upon, utilizing multi-cloud can make it difficult to adequately control, or even find, the data you need. Now imagine you've got an important audit coming up. There are boatloads of industry-specific standards that compliance teams have to worry about (there you are again PCI!) - further compounding the need to maintain effective oversight and control of data stored in the cloud.

Secure data is happy data

Another side-effect of lacking visibility and control of cloud-stored data - maintaining security.

Without visibility, blind spots may develop which lead to breaches and wider security issues that can affect essential data. But that's not all. Developing and enforcing consistent security policies across different cloud providers, as well as managing user access and authentication can lead to further security issues. Exacerbating this is the fact that not all network engineers have the specialized expertise required to manage security across cloud environments.

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Ensuring Data Governance in a Multi-Cloud World 1

Data governance is kind of essential

An effective data governance strategy is very much essential for enterprise teams that have implemented, or want to implement, multi-cloud in their environment. Now if only there was a way for them to get the necessary visibility to take effective control of their own data...

Visibility through (and in) the cloud(s)

IP Fabric has you covered. The platform's API-first approach provides end-to-end network visibility that extends into the cloud. With the ability to analyze cloud networks, including AWS VPCs and Azure Vnets, teams can better understand how their clouds are constructed, and how they connect to their on-prem environments. With this, teams can analyze a network in full, without an over-reliance on their cloud colleagues to provide needed information.

A greater understanding of the construction, layout and interconnectivity of cloud structures helps to prevent losing track of data and gives engineers back the control they need. This end-to-end visibility can be used to determine whether every part of a network is sufficiently protected and "audit-proof" (e.g.) by analyzing whether segmentation is up to snuff.

Secure no matter the environment

Leveraging network assurance to keep track of data isn't the only advantage IP Fabric can offer. The platform can be used to keep track of security within cloud structures as well.

When performing path lookups using the platform, ACLs and security groups along the simulated path are included to validate whether application traffic can flow as it should - letting teams know whether data is being sufficiently safeguarded

Furthermore, state data extracted from devices during regular snapshots gives teams detailed information about which devices in their network could potentially lead to vulnerabilities that leaves important data exposed and at risk.

Conclusion

Implementing an effective data governance strategy requires teams to be able to find data on-demand, control how it's used, and ensure that it's always secure. With IP Fabric's Automated Network Assurance, teams have the necessary visibility and insight to ensure that this is the case. Come audit time, there won't be any need to panic. Just look to IP Fabric.

Want to see the platform in action? Try our free, self-guided demo here.

Prefer the personal touch? Reach out to schedule an obligation-free, tailored demo with a member of our dedicated sales team here.

Ensuring Data Governance in a Multi-Cloud World

Multi-cloud adoption is on the rise. When you consider the advantages they offer to enterprise network teams, it's no wonder why. Despite this, leveraging multi-cloud can make data governance a tricky task.

Data governance is an essential and critical aspect of modern enterprise networking - it covers how we manage data availability, integrity and security. It covers all manner of data - from sensitive and personal to operationally critical data.

What exactly are the potential pitfalls around data usage in a multi-cloud environment? How can IP Fabric help organizations overcome these challenges to develop a robust and compliant data management strategy?

Why is data governance necessary in the cloud?

Leveraging the multi-cloud can make data governance much more difficult than usual:

  • Data proliferation - With businesses generating data at an accelerated pace, cloud-based platforms are able to manage the growing volume, variety and velocity. It's crucial that teams are able to implement controls and visibility to effectively track data usage.
  • Discovery and data awareness - Multi-cloud environments make networks bigger and therefore harder to keep track of where data is stored. Data governance strategies ensure the visibility, availability and security of data, even in multi-cloud environments.
  • Privacy and compliance - Regulatory compliance demands that auditable and measurable standards and procedures are implemented to ensure compliance with both internal data policies and external government regulations. Migration to cloud services requires a heightened focus on enforcing, monitoring and reporting compliance. Data governance plays a key role in ensuring this.

What risk does multi-cloud pose to ensuring data governance?

Where did I leave that data?

Imagine you're a network engineer. You're responsible for maintaining data centers spread across multiple sites. Oh, and you have data stored across multiple cloud-vendors attached to your on-premises network. Good luck finding the data you need, when you need it. Network engineers need a way to accurately pinpoint where data is stored for auditing purposes (here's looking at you, PCI compliance audit).

Without visibility, they also lack the necessary control over their data. Not being able to see how the data can be used, who has access to it and who SHOULD have access, does a very uncomfortable engineer make. Unfortunately, they can't always rely on the cloud team to give them the information they need.

Speaking of audits...

As we just touched upon, utilizing multi-cloud can make it difficult to adequately control, or even find, the data you need. Now imagine you've got an important audit coming up. There are boatloads of industry-specific standards that compliance teams have to worry about (there you are again PCI!) - further compounding the need to maintain effective oversight and control of data stored in the cloud.

Secure data is happy data

Another side-effect of lacking visibility and control of cloud-stored data - maintaining security.

Without visibility, blind spots may develop which lead to breaches and wider security issues that can affect essential data. But that's not all. Developing and enforcing consistent security policies across different cloud providers, as well as managing user access and authentication can lead to further security issues. Exacerbating this is the fact that not all network engineers have the specialized expertise required to manage security across cloud environments.

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Ensuring Data Governance in a Multi-Cloud World 2

Data governance is kind of essential

An effective data governance strategy is very much essential for enterprise teams that have implemented, or want to implement, multi-cloud in their environment. Now if only there was a way for them to get the necessary visibility to take effective control of their own data...

Visibility through (and in) the cloud(s)

IP Fabric has you covered. The platform's API-first approach provides end-to-end network visibility that extends into the cloud. With the ability to analyze cloud networks, including AWS VPCs and Azure Vnets, teams can better understand how their clouds are constructed, and how they connect to their on-prem environments. With this, teams can analyze a network in full, without an over-reliance on their cloud colleagues to provide needed information.

A greater understanding of the construction, layout and interconnectivity of cloud structures helps to prevent losing track of data and gives engineers back the control they need. This end-to-end visibility can be used to determine whether every part of a network is sufficiently protected and "audit-proof" (e.g.) by analyzing whether segmentation is up to snuff.

Secure no matter the environment

Leveraging network assurance to keep track of data isn't the only advantage IP Fabric can offer. The platform can be used to keep track of security within cloud structures as well.

When performing path lookups using the platform, ACLs and security groups along the simulated path are included to validate whether application traffic can flow as it should - letting teams know whether data is being sufficiently safeguarded

Furthermore, state data extracted from devices during regular snapshots gives teams detailed information about which devices in their network could potentially lead to vulnerabilities that leaves important data exposed and at risk.

Conclusion

Implementing an effective data governance strategy requires teams to be able to find data on-demand, control how it's used, and ensure that it's always secure. With IP Fabric's Automated Network Assurance, teams have the necessary visibility and insight to ensure that this is the case. Come audit time, there won't be any need to panic. Just look to IP Fabric.

Want to see the platform in action? Try our free, self-guided demo here.

Prefer the personal touch? Reach out to schedule an obligation-free, tailored demo with a member of our dedicated sales team here.

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