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Data Mapping: An Essential and Often Neglected Exercise

October 22, 2021
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Data makes the world go round, and proper cybersecurity policies and practices keep it spinning. But just how often do those policies fall short when it comes time to put them into practice? Companies all too often fail to go through an exercise commonly known as data mapping, and the omission may cost them in the long run.

In a new ABA Journal article, “Data Mapping: The Missing Link Between Policy and Reality,” Cardozo Law faculty member and Counsel at BakerHostetler, Adam Cohen, emphasizes the importance of data mapping and its role in connecting policy to practice in reality.

What is Data Mapping?

Data mapping is a business practice to identify and document where data resides. This entails understanding how it flows through information systems, which can have an impact on compliance depending on how each system protects data, disposes of data, and more.

Many organizations drop the ball on data mapping, believing it to be overwhelming or cost prohibitive. However, data mapping should be the first exercise practiced when it comes to data migration, data integration, and general data management tasks, meaning it is an ongoing business practice.1

Why Does Data Mapping Matter?

“The notion that data mapping is a prerequisite to developing policies about data that can be implemented in practice is surely a penetrating insight into the obvious for anyone who devotes a smidgen of thought to the matter,” writes Cohen in his ABA Journal article.

The sheer amount of data being stored and moved is only going to increase in our digital world, so it is a practice that businesses do not want to neglect. And, in a time where cyberattacks are on the rise and data is being held for ransom, having a policy in place to protect data that does not work in practice will amount to an expensive blunder for companies that ignore this process.

Check out Cohen’s complete article (linked below) to learn how data mapping is the key to putting policies into practice.

Read the Full Article

About Adam Cohen and Cardozo Events

Adam Cohen is Counsel in BakerHostetler’s New York office and a faculty member at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has been practicing at the intersection of law and technology for over 25 years. His career has spanned law practice, as outside and in-house counsel, and technology consulting.

Cohen holds professional certifications in cybersecurity as a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and he is the co-author of the annually updated, two volume treatise Electronic Discovery: Law and Practice (Wolters Kluwer), which has been cited in several landmark federal court opinions.

Cohen discussed data mapping in a live Cardozo Law webinar, “Data Mapping: The Missing Link Between Policy and Practice.” Keep an eye out for future events on our social channels, as these webinars are an exciting opportunity to learn from seasoned experts, and to learn more about admission requirements, tuition, and tips for applying to the online LL.M. or MSL programs at Cardozo. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.

Map Your Legal Future at Cardozo

Data mapping and data privacy and protection are critical components of doing business. Our online MSL in Data and Privacy Law and online LL.M. in Intellectual Property programs prepare legal professionals with the skills to support any industry, no matter your stage of growth.

Our faculty members, like Cohen, are experienced and connected in the legal field. They committed to creating engaging, hands-on coursework and networking opportunities. Even if you are not be based in New York, you can still take advantage of the innovative, boundary-breaking mindset our hometown is known for. Learn more about the online student experience at Cardozo Law.

  1. Retrieved October 7, 2021, from talend.com/resources/data-mapping/