Data is among the most valuable assets of an organization. Unfortunately the number of data breaches and cyberattacks increase day by day, making a strong data security strategy more essential than ever before. A strong data protection strategy protects information from any unauthorized access. This could result in devastating consequences, like costly recovery and forensics expenses loss of productivity, penalties for compliance, reputational damage and a permanent loss in confidence of customers.

A solid data security plan includes best practices such as encryption to safeguard sensitive data in transit and at rest, user authentication and authorization, access management, and resilience to ensure that content is available whenever it is needed. It involves monitoring and detecting threats to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of data.

Data security is also an essential element in identifying and classifying information according to its sensitiveness. This allows organizations to prioritize their security efforts according to. For instance, sensitive data is able to be shared with the public, while information with high sensitivity must be made available only to certain users to avoid the possibility of catastrophic consequences if it’s compromised or destroyed.

Data security is a significant concern for organizations of all sizes all over the world particularly in light of the increasing amount and sophistication of cyberattacks, as well as the strict regulatory requirements such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Secure data security is essential for many reasons, such as protecting customers against identity theft and ensuring compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements of the specific field or geographical area.

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