Data access management in the AI era

With a global market value of $100 billion, AI is a powerhouse of innovation and around 83% of organizations claim AI as their top priority.

November 24, 2023

With a global market value of $100 billion, AI is a powerhouse of innovation and around 83% of organizations claim AI as their top priority. Businesses are turning to AI technologies to gain insights and make strategic decisions. Central to this transformative wave is a critical asset – the extensive datasets that power these intelligent systems. Managing the datasets responsibly is necessary to achieve maximized business outcomes. Enter data access management! The blog piece will help you learn how AI and data access management combine to ensure secured data sharing within your organization. Some key aspects that will be covered:

 

– What exactly is data access management

– Why businesses are banking on AI integration into data access management

– How modern data platforms enable easy AI implementation

What is data access management?

Data access management is defined as the systematic control and governance of access to an organization’s data resources. It involves implementing policies, procedures, and technologies to ensure that only authorized users can access, modify, or delete specific data.

 

The primary objectives of data access management include:

 

– Securing confidential information

– Establishing clear ownership of data

– Enforcing managed access controls

Picture this: There’s a small-sized business – an e-commerce store. The store collects customer data, such as personal information, purchase history, and payment details. Effective data access management in this scenario will would involve defining who within the organization has access to this data. For instance, it is possible that only the sales and customer service teams may need access to customer information, while financial data might be restricted to the finance department. Such access controls would ensure that employees can only view and modify the data necessary for their respective departments. It will also help safeguard customer privacy, minimize the risk of unauthorized access, and foster a secure and compliant data environment for the business.

Data Access and AI: Understanding the dynamics

When we talk about artificial intelligence, there is a symbiotic relationship between data access management and advanced algorithms. Let’s see how:

 

Consider a scenario where an ‘X’ retail company employs AI to optimize inventory management. The organization relies on large datasets including sales records, customer behavior, and supply chain data. In this case, implementing effective data access management will help the organization have the necessary access to historical sales data for training AI models, while restricting financial information. Moreover, the collaborative nature of AI involves different teams, including data analysts, scientists, and IT professionals.

 

Also, in case the retail company expands its product line, data access management will help the organization adjust permissions to accommodate new datasets without compromising security.

Impact of AI on Data Access Management: Key Benefits

1. Automated threat detection

 

AI algorithms continuously monitor data access patterns and identify anomalies and potential security risks in real-time. It analyzes user behavior, access frequency, and contextual information to distinguish between normal and suspicious activities, triggering automated alerts and responses. Furthermore, machine learning models, integrated into the data access system, learn from evolving threats, ensuring an adaptive defense mechanism.

 

2. Dynamic access controls

 

AI powers organizations to enable access controls that can adapt to changing circumstances and adjust in real-time. Let’s understand this with the help of an example. Imagine a financial institution practicing traditional data access management. Access controls are static, and permissions are assigned based on predefined roles and responsibilities. However, AI can transform the current data access system into a responsive and dynamic one. It can help continually monitor user behavior, tracking patterns of data access, and the sensitivity of information accessed.

 

Let’s say a financial analyst, typically granted access to certain financial records, suddenly needs to work on a project that requires more confidential data for a limited period. AI algorithms embedded in the data access management system will automatically analyze the change in analyst’s behavior, cross-referencing it with the project. AI will dynamically adjust the analyst’s access permission in real-time, granting temporary access to the data required for the project.

 

3. Enhanced compliance management

 

54% of compliance professionals are confident that the integration of AI and ML will not only enhance compliance protocols but also lead to cost savings. Integrating AI capabilities into data access management enables organizations to automate updates to access controls and policies. It ensures that data access practices align with evolving compliance requirements and reduces the risk of non-compliance penalties. This, in turn, helps maintain your organization’s market reputation.

Seamless AI integration with modern data platforms

      • A modern data infrastructure consolidates diverse data sources into a unified repository. The centralized hub facilitates AI integration by offering a standardized foundation for data access management.
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      • Modern data platforms are designed with scalability in mind and can accommodate increasing data volumes generated by organizations. This ensures that these platforms can handle dataintensive processes inherent to advanced machine-learning algorithms.
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      • A modern infrastructure often supports real-time data processing capabilities. This is critical for AI applications that require immediate access to the latest information. Real-time processing will ensure that AI-driven data access management responds dynamically to changing user behavior.
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      • Most importantly, these platforms come with built-in security features, including encryption, access controls, and audit trails. They align well with AI integration requirements, safeguarding sensitive information and ensuring compliance.

 

Choosing the right data infrastructure is paramount for successful AI-driven data access management. LumenData, in partnership with leading cloud-based data platforms, specializes in crafting modern, scalable, and secure solutions. Initiate a conversation and let’s navigate your data transformation journey together.

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Authors:

Shalu Santvana

Content Crafter

Mohd Imran

Senior Consultant

Mohd Imran

Senior Consultant

Shalu Santvana

Content Crafter

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