Data management podcast briefing: Trends in data governance, with Gwen Thomas

Barney Beal

"Between February 2005 and February 2006, in 130 separate incidents, over 53 million private data records were lost, stolen, hacked, freely given to criminals, or improperly displayed to the public," writes Gwen Thomas, president of the Data Governance Institute, and author of the new book Alpha Males and Data Disasters: The Case for Data Governance. Since then, even more incidents have made the news -- AOL's release of search data, the high-profile Department of Veterans Affairs laptop theft and a host of others. Recently, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse put the new total at more than 330 data loss incidents, involving more than 93 million individual records, since February 2005. Is there any way to prevent this trend of catastrophic breaches?

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data governance would be a good start, experts agree. Data governance refers to the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of the data employed in an enterprise. It often has more to do with people, process and politics than with technology tools.

In this exclusive podcast, we talk with Gwen Thomas about new trends and techniques for data governance. Listeners will learn how to get started with data governance -- without spending a dime on software or consultants. Thomas will offer words of advice to people having trouble getting their companies to take data governance seriously. And, we'll also ask her to explain what's behind her book's title, Alpha Males and Data Disasters: The Case for Data Governance.

About the featured expert:
Gwen Thomas is the President of The Data Governance Institute and also serves as publisher of the institute's flagship website, She has designed successful Data Governance programs for Fortune 500 and smaller organizations. She has also served as a Corporate Knowledge Manager, a teacher of college English classes, and editor of a literary magazine. To learn more, email Gwen at She has just published a new book, Alpha Males and Data Disasters: The Case for Data Governance, available through the Data Governance Institute web site.

  Data management briefing: Trends in data governance, with Gwen Thomas 

  • Download the podcast here: Data governance helps companies comply with regulatory requirements and avoid costly data breaches -- but it's easier said than done. Learn data governance trends and techniques.

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