Strengthening Your Security Posture with Data Governance

Leveraging Microsoft Purview for Unified Cybersecurity Excellence 

Strengthening Your Security Posture with Data Governance 

Data has become the new currency of digital transformation, offering unprecedented opportunities for insights and improved decision-making. However, as the volume, velocity, and variety of data increase, organizations face new challenges in managing and governing this asset effectively. In the cybersecurity industry, it is crucial to recognize the vital connection between data governance and security initiatives. 

Safeguarding data is an imperative priority. Astonishingly, more than 80% of corporate data resides in a state of obscurity, lacking essential classification, protection, or governance measures.  

By leveraging your Microsoft Security investment and harnessing the power of Microsoft Purview, organizations can revolutionize their cybersecurity strategy and strengthen their security posture. 

Key Takeaways – Data Governance and Security

  • Leveraging Microsoft Security investments and harnessing the capabilities of Microsoft Purview can lead to a transformative cybersecurity strategy, enhancing an organization’s security stance. 
  • The convergence of data governance and security endeavours eradicates security control gaps and streamlines the fulfillment of regulatory obligations. 
  • Through the integration of managed security services, compliance measures, and data requirements, organizations can attain a comprehensive understanding of their data environment, enabling proactive detection and resolution of potential vulnerabilities. 
  • Seizing the opportunities arising from this synergy is paramount in strengthening the overall security postures of organizations and guaranteeing a secure trajectory for the future. 

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Data Governance and Security 

Security forms the foundation of a robust data protection strategy, assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information. Nonetheless, despite their undeniable importance, security operations and compliance solutions often function as separate silos, leading to fragmented efforts. This disjointed approach can weaken an organization’s security posture and undermine the effectiveness of data governance programs. At Difenda, we believe that by weaving together data governance and security initiatives. We can forge a united and more cohesive defence against cyber threats.  

Security measures, such as access controls, encryption, and threat detection systems are strengthened by the principles and practices of data governance. Which define the rules for data handling, establish roles and responsibilities, and ensure data quality and consistency.  

By incorporating data governance practices into our security frameworks. We can enhance the effectiveness of our security measures and align them with regulatory requirements. Data governance adds an extra layer of protection by ensuring that security practices are implemented consistently across the organization and align with data classification and sensitivity levels. 

Data governance can then act as a bridge between security and compliance by providing the necessary structure for security controls, access management, and data lifecycle management. It ensures that security measures are in line with regulatory expectations and assists in maintaining documentation and audit trails for compliance purposes. 

Enter Microsoft Purview 

Microsoft Purview serves as a game-changing solution, enabling organizations to align their data governance and security strategies seamlessly. Microsoft has secured its leadership in data security platforms, earning top honours in the Q1 2023 Forrester Wave report. This recognition reflects Microsoft’s commitment to innovation and excellence in safeguarding data in a dynamic digital landscape. The acknowledgment underscores their ability to surpass industry standards and address complex data security challenges. By leveraging Microsoft’s comprehensive suite of security technology and combining them with Purview’s capabilities, cybersecurity leaders can establish a unified and streamlined approach. 

This synergy delivers an ultimate all-in-one services solution empowered by your existing Microsoft Security investment. It aligns managed security services with compliance and data governance needs without demanding additional budgets or consuming excess time. 

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The Power of Synergy 

The marriage of data governance and security initiatives yields multiple benefits for organizations. Most notably, it eliminates gaps and overlaps in security controls, ensuring comprehensive protection across all data assets. Additionally, a unified approach simplifies compliance management, easing the process of meeting regulatory requirements and upholding data integrity. 

Through Microsoft Purview, organizations can gain a holistic view of their data landscape. This empowers cybersecurity leaders with invaluable insights into data classification, lineage, and usage. By bolstering visibility, potential vulnerabilities can be preemptively identified and addressed, thereby fortifying the overall security posture. 

As cybersecurity leaders, it is imperative to recognize the interconnected nature of data governance and security. By leveraging Microsoft’s security investment and harnessing the power of Microsoft Purview. Organizations can unite these two critical components, bolstering their cybersecurity posture.  

The convergence of between data governance and security not only closes gaps but also simplifies compliance management. Ultimately safeguarding sensitive data and enabling organizations to stay one step ahead of evolving threats. Now is the time to put this synergy into action, fortifying our defenses and ensuring a secure future for our organizations. 

Discover how a leading organization fortified their cybersecurity posture by seamlessly integrating data governance and security—read our in-depth case study now! 

Don’t wait any longer—secure a resilient future for your organization by capitalizing on the synergy between data and security.

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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

Jeffry Jacob

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