Today, organizations all share a common challenge in managing and integrating data into a coherentÂ whole. Data does little good unless it is available to support key decision makers as they guide theÂ forward path of the enterprise. In this paper we look at some data integration challenges especially asÂ they pertain to an organization’s need to achieve the full line-of-sight into all required data storesÂ necessary for the best business decisions to be made. The classic CIA Triad requires confidentiality,Â integrity, and availability for data and information stored by an organization, and we consider how theÂ following data management issues can impact the Triad:
- Information Islands. Useful business data must be available to decision makers. We examineÂ our own isolated business data and discuss how to tie that data into our overall informationÂ management framework.
- Investigations in a Vacuum. When different groups make copies of and perform analysis onÂ centralized data, integrity problems can occur. We look at where this occurs within our ownÂ organization and our response.
- Audit Dilemmas. Another integrity problem exists when â€œauthoritativeâ€ data actually exists asÂ an information island; different groups using this data for analysis can result in contradictoryÂ answers to the same question. We examine how auditing tools can be used to uncover theseÂ islands.
- Disclosure Protection. Today, it is trivial to copy vast amounts of data surreptitiously using anyÂ number of techniques. We examine specific methods for protection against this attack on dataÂ confidentiality.
We close this paper by looking at the effect of emerging trends upon data integration.