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Bridget Bratt

Bridget Bratt

Consultant | Data Privacy | Data Security | Change Agent

Strategic leader in all things data. Passionate change agent assisting companies in understanding the value and cost of their data and how to identify, classify, govern, and protect.

What attracted you to data management or IT, and why did you choose to pursue this career?

Data is the foundation of decisions. Understanding the data, defining it, and what controls it should have. Effectively communicating why data is an important asset and to find the value in data is something that can change the strategy for a company.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far, and why has it been important to your career?

I built a data privacy, governance and protection practice and implemented sound assessment processes to assist clients in understanding where they needed to focus and the strategy for getting things done.

What are the two or three biggest challenges you face as a data management professional / CDO and how can we address them?

I believe the largest challenge data professionals face is the ability to convince leaders in the C suite that data is an asset that needs to be defined, classified, protected, and governed, and that poor data has a cost. We need to tell a better story as to how data management impacts other areas of data security including incident response, analytics, and quality.

How do you see data management / the role of the CDO / IT changing in the next 2 – 3 years? I see the role of CDO growing over the next few years.

This is a role I believe does not get enough credit, and not enough companies invest in. As breaches involving critical data get bigger, the amount of data increases and becomes more valuable, the role of CDO becomes critical in setting an overall data strategy.

Do you have any planned next steps for your career?

I would eventually like to play the role of a virtual CDO or build a consulting company around the role so companies can “try before they buy” into the model of a CDO.

What is the single best piece of advice you have received in your data management / IT career so far?  Why has it been so important to you?

Diversify your knowledge. I used to think being a “jill of all trades master of a few” was detrimental in my IT career. Now, I can speak to data to a businessperson, a DBA, a data scientist, or a data security engineer because I can draw the correlation across.

Can you share something about yourself as a person that people wouldn’t know about you?

I am currently pursuing my doctorate in business and I plan to complete it in 3 years

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