The inaugural webcast of Tomorrow’s Jobs Today: Wisdom and Career Advice From Thought Leaders in AI, big data, The Internet of Things, Privacy, and more. Host Rafael Moscatel picks the brains of business leaders throughout the world who are pioneering emerging technologies and leadership concepts across a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors to better understand the future of work and the incredible tools being developed to perform that work.
Priya, we’re going to talk a lot about data maps today, and you have a lot to show us there. But before you treat us to kind of the bells and whistles on your product, I do want to talk briefly about why you decided to start this business. You had an excellent position for one of the big four accounting firms, and you were doing some amazing work over there for them. So tell me: Why did you take this leap?
Data is going to be one of the biggest risks for every enterprise in the next decade or so, and that’s broader than just cybersecurity risk. And most gender councils acknowledge this and are looking to build programs in-house to manage this proactively. I felt that most of the programs so far are consultant-driven, and there was a lack of products that supported these programs in a holistic manner. And I felt that there was a gap that perhaps we could address, so we founded Maru, and it’s been an excellent journey so far.
So Priya, for some of our viewers that are very new to IT infrastructure and data maps, can you give us a basic definition of what a data map is?
Yeah, it is a bird’s-eye view of all the data within the organization. For somebody who is trying to manage the risk around the data at a very high level, it provides all the details, in terms of the number of systems, where the data originated, how it flows. And you’re able to look at which systems are riskier, versus not. You’re able to understand the security controls that you have in place. So you can bring all of the information into one single place and take a look at it for various decision-making purposes, and that’s what the data map gives you.
Now that you’ve told us exactly what a data map is, can you tell us a little bit more about why it’s important in today’s climate, with all of the privacy compliance exercises that companies need to undertake?
The best way to explain this is with an elephant story that actually one of my mentors first told me. A bunch of blind men, who had never seen an elephant before, encountered an elephant. And they were experiencing this elephant in various ways, right? So somebody touched … One person touched the trunk. Somebody else was looking at the tail and obviously had a completely different description of what the elephant was. And somebody else was touching the body and had a very different description of the elephant. That’s true in most organizations. We are siloed.
We have a very good understanding of what we are doing with the data that we see and how we are using the data that we have, but it lacks perspective, and that’s what happens in most organizations. So you have perspectives. None of them are wrong, but the perspectives are limited, from a certain viewpoint. And what data map helps in cross-functional. So it brings collaboration. It helps in establishing true trust in data because now you have a true understanding of what is going on with your data. And it’s not just for compliance, though obviously, it gives you better control over compliance efforts. But it gives you, also, better visibility into your data.