What is data security?

Data is the heart of business. It provides a critical foundation for every process and operation of the organization. Protecting data and facilitating secure usage at the speed of business is central to a zero trust strategy — and, more importantly, to deriving value from security.

Business, technology and compliance leaders know this — but so do cybercriminals and malicious insiders who seek to exploit security vulnerabilities to gain access to organizations’ valuable and regulated data. What’s at risk? Personally identifiable information (PII), personal health information (PHI), payment card information (PCI), intellectual property (IP) and more.

The best enterprise data security solutions will provide an integrated suite of data security capabilities that are deployable across on-premises and hybrid multicloud environments. This allows organizations to gain greater visibility into their data, use actionable insights to investigate and remediate threats, enforce real-time controls and accelerate compliance reporting.

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Common data security challenges

Explosive data growth

Data is growing at an exponential rate. Keeping up with new data sources across multiple environments creates new complexity at an unprecedented scale.

Compliance with diverse privacy regulations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Brazil’s Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and more.

Operational complexity

Movement to cloud, big data technologies and disparate tools from multiple vendors intensifies complexity.

Cybersecurity skills shortage

Organizations are already dealing with a lack of skilled security professionals, and this gap is only expected to widen over the next several years.

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