Ann McDonough
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Object Management Group Addresses Data Residency Challenges;
Introduces New Data Residency Maturity Model

Needham, MA, February 12, 2018 – The Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, today announced its research into Data Residency. This research is presented via webinar, live event and whitepaper, culminating many months of work into the challenges of data access and location. OMG will present a complimentary webinar, “Where’s My Data? Managing the Data Residency Challenge” on February 27, 2018 from 11:00am – 12:00pm ET to introduce its newly released Data Residency Maturity Model (DRMM) discussion paper. In addition to the webinar, the OMG Data Residency Working Group will present the “ Data Residency: Status, Challenges and Standards” tutorial and lead a roundtable discussion from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 20 in Reston, Virginia. Attendees will meet with the paper’s author to learn how the maturity model can manage risks related to data movement and storage.

OMG has defined data residency as the set of issues and practices related to the location, movement, and protection of data against unintended access and location-related risks. “Information governance for safety, privacy nd data residency is an increasingly important concern at the highest levels of organizations,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of OMG. “The paper, webinar and event showcase OMG members’ work in information modeling, including our leading efforts to describe data residency challenges, to help enterprises and governments address those risks.”

Sensitive data is regularly moved across countries and jurisdictions, which can be in direct conflict with various international, national or local regulations, dictating where certain types of data can be stored (e.g., the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR). Data sensitive to its location includes personally identifiable information (PII) and patient health information (PHI) as well as “sovereign data” such as banking transactions or natural resources data.

“Similar in scope to the Capability Maturity Model developed at the Software Engineering Institute in the 1990s, the paper describes five ‘maturity levels’ that organizations can use to improve their practices and governance of data residency. We welcome feedback on the DRMM and call on all interested parties to contribute to this work,” said Claude Baudoin, OMG member and owner of cébé IT & Knowledge Management.

The Data Residency Maturity Model is the second deliverable produced by the OMG Data Residency Working Group, which was formed in 2015 to study the challenges of data residency and to define a standards roadmap to help stakeholders manage the location of their data.


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