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Egnyte Data Governance Trends Report: New Risks, New Rewards of Remote Work

75 percent of C-suite IT execs have implemented at least three new data governance protocols since the pandemic began; 71 percent say employees aren’t doing enough to safeguard sensitive data.

 Egnyte, whose intelligent platform enables businesses to manage and govern content everywhere, published its inaugural Data Governance Trends Report, based on findings from a survey of 400 IT executives in August 2020.

The Data Governance Trends Report highlights the challenges associated with the data type most greatly affected by remote working scenarios: unstructured data. (Unstructured data includes all the information stored in files like Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents, as well as images, video and more.)

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“The demands on data governance leaders have been intensifying for the past several years,” said Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain. “There is more and more content straddling on-prem and multi-cloud environments. Business users are clamoring for consumer-like, self-service models of accessing files anytime, anywhere. Meanwhile, companies must adapt to a new slate of GDPR-style privacy regulations, and in parallel, there’s an explosion of new opportunities to interpret and analyze these huge unstructured datasets.”

Key findings show how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced CIOs to reimagine data governance plans in the context of remote-first (and remote-only) working conditions. It reveals new and emerging security threats associated with the work-from-everywhere paradigm, and digs into the strategies companies have adopted (and plan to adopt) to keep up.

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