What are your biggest data management challenges?

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Hi everyone, My name is Justin Aucoin and I'm the assistant site editor for TechTarget's SearchDataManagement.com website. I'm doing a quick survey to find out what the biggest data management challenges people are facing this year. So, what's the biggest data management challenge you see yourself facing this year? Justin Aucoin jaucoin@techtarget.com

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I can answer this from an outsider’s point of view. In every information security assessment I perform I can say with conviction that, based on what I see, admins and network/security managers have minimal control over their unstructured data. They don’t know what’s where and they don’t know how it’s at risk.

Time and time again I come across spreadsheets, flat-file databases, PDFs, Word docs, and so on containing sensitive data shared out on haphazardly-created workstation and server shares that anyone and everyone on the network has access to. So, any Joe-user (employees, consultants, auditors, whoever) with a basic network login (i.e. no special admin privileges) is just a quick search away from all sorts of goodies…And, given the lack of proactive controls and monitoring, no one will ever know about it. Thinking about it on a person level – it’s pretty scary stuff.

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    For a multi-national organization, data replication, de-duplication and collaboration are the biggest challenges with version control and security rounding out the whole picture.
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