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Enhancing corporate governance with data management

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Vaidotas Sedys, Head of Risk Management at Oxylabs, explores the vital role of data governance in enhancing corporate transparency and decision-making efficiency.

In the current business landscape, corporate governance and data governance are closely interconnected. One cannot function without the other. The increasing trend of using data in decision-making has made it crucial for companies to be transparent and efficient in the way they collect and manage their data.

By collecting, processing, and securing data in a responsible and ethical manner, companies can build trust with stakeholders, improve decision-making effectiveness, and ultimately drive growth. Therefore, data governance is becoming a crucial part of corporate governance, and companies must make significant investments in it to succeed in today’s digital economy.

Understanding data governance

To understand the connection between data governance and corporate governance, we first need to understand what data governance is. Simply put, data governance refers to the set of policies, processes, and standards that are in place to ensure data is collected, managed, protected, and used effectively within an organisation. It includes quality, security, privacy, compliance, and other important elements of data management throughout its lifecycle.

Data governance involves policies, procedures, and guidelines for the proper collection, storage, use, and sharing of data. If implemented well, it ensures data accuracy, consistency, and reliability. Data governance also establishes roles and responsibilities for data management and implements tools and technologies to support these activities.

Data governance is crucial for organisations to comply with the regulations and laws governing data collection and use, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), HIPAA, and others. Compliance with these regulations protects organisations from legal and financial penalties, protects their reputation from damage and, most importantly, ensures the safety and security of their customers.

Implementing appropriate security measures is crucial to prevent unauthorised access, misuse, or theft of sensitive information. Access control, encryption, and monitoring are vital measures organisations can take to reduce the risk and consequences of data breaches. By implementing these procedures, businesses can ensure that only authorised individuals access sensitive information.

Enhancing transparency through data governance

Transparency is a fundamental aspect of corporate governance. It enhances trust among stakeholders, including investors, customers, and employees. Data governance plays a crucial role in promoting transparency in several ways.

Accurate and timely financial reporting is a crucial element of business transparency. Effective data governance is required to ensure consistency, reliability, and compliance with accounting standards. Boards of directors rely on data-driven insights to make informed decisions. Therefore, it is essential to have an efficient data governance process in place that provides board members with timely, relevant, and accurate information. This leads to better governance and strategic planning.

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Vaidotas Šedys
Head of Risk Management at Oxylabs

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