The majority of people want to know that private information is secure when it is in the hands an organization. This desire extends into the enterprise, where security of data is crucial to building trust between employees customers, stakeholders, and employees.

Data security is the protection of digital data from damage, corruption and theft during its entire life-cycle. It covers everything from hardware and storage devices to software, user devices and access control. It also includes ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to prevent data breaches.

Data safety is primarily achieved by encryption, data masking, and resilience. The encryption of sensitive information at rest, in use and while in transit, since it renders the content illegible to non-authorized entities. Data masking enhances encryption by replacing sensitive digital data with fake information to serve purposes like database administration research and development, software testing and user training.

Resiliency is about having backups and copies of critical data that can be quickly restored in the event of an emergency or breach. It also involves disposing of physical storage media, such as USBs and external drives (and even printed documents and files) regularly to avoid having the information exposed by hackers.

Data security is a priority for companies since the consequences of a major data breach could cost them millions of dollars in recover costs and forensic costs. It can result in penalties for compliance and could cause lasting damage to their reputations and customer loyalty. It’s a legal requirement as well, given that the General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act both require companies to protect their personal information.

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