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MongoDB tries to strike a balance between controls for governance and security and features for developer productivity, helping enable GDPR compliance without impeding business objectives.


  • MongoDB, from early on, has been working to combat the perception of NoSQL "insecurity" with numerous security features that are designed to increase the control over data, without impeding valuable developer productivity.
  • MongoDB has taken the first steps toward enabling the governance process within the database environment, by building in tools that increase security and data visibility, with the goal of centralizing those controls and handing them to database administrators.
  • The next evolution in MongoDB’s governance strategy will be enabling high-level, rather than just technical, controls, such as allowing for deeper data policy controls from a "single pane of glass" console environment.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the current state of MongoDB's security and governance features as they pertain to GDPR requirements.
  • Evaluates the need for continued developer productivity under regulatory requirements.
  • Identifies the qualities of NoSQL databases which, in many cases, have led them to being perceived as less secure than traditional relational databases.
  • Evaluates the benefits of having a "single pane of glass" console to control and view data under regulatory requirements.
  • Identifies features of MongoDB that contribute to data protection "by design and by default," which help enterprises comply with GDPR requirements for security.

Key questions answered

  • What security and governance features of MongoDB help protect data and help enterprises comply with GDPR?
  • How can developers maintain their productivity and be abstracted away from the task of protecting data in the MongoDB environment?
  • How can the enterprise use GDPR's requirements to ensure a safer, more secure development ecosystem?
  • What tools does MongoDB offer the enterprise to increase visibility into informational assets, and to help locate sensitive data?
  • What improvements could MongoDB make to increase the likelihood of compliance for enterprise users of the database?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Establishing a secure reputation against relational incumbents
  • Ensuring agile development capabilities in the GDPR era
  • Taking key steps toward enabling GDPR governance


  • Further reading
  • Author

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