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10 Security Experts On The Biggest Danger Businesses Face From GDPR

Michael Novinson


Wrapping A Company's Arms Around Unstructured Data

North American customers have primarily focused their GDPR compliance efforts around systems such as Salesforce or others that have structured data sets, according to Dave Packer, vice president of product and alliances marketing for Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Druva. But Packer said the reality is that companies retain information from lots of unstructured data sources as well.

As recently as a half-decade ago, Packer said employees typically kept corporate data locally on their machines or had file shares or folders within the company's own systems. But nowadays, employees are relying on Box, Salesforce, Google, Office 365 or other third-party applications, which is creating a big hole for companies.

This has created a challenge as far as GDPR is concerned, with unstructured data spread across a much broader data landscape, Packer said. As a result, Packer said IT companies have struggled to get their arms around the data even though they're responsible for stewarding it to remain in compliance with GDPR.

 
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