Storage Protection

For storage administrators and managers, ensuring proper data storage security is a careful balancing act. They must weigh three primary concerns covered by the acronym CIA: confidentiality, integrity and availability. They must keep sensitive data out of the hands of unauthorized users and they must assure that the data in their systems is reliable, while also making sure that data is available to everyone in the organization who needs to access it.


Data Security vs Data Protection

Storage security and data security are closely related to data protection. Data security primarily involves keeping private information out of the hands of anyone not authorized to see it. It also includes protecting data from other types of attacks, such as ransomware that prevents access to information or attacks that alter data, making it unreliable.

Data protection is more about making sure data remains available after less nefarious incidents, like system or component failures or even natural disasters.


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Data growth — According to IDC, the amount of data stored in the world’s computer systems is roughly doubling every two years. For enterprises, that means constantly needing to add new storage in order to keep up with business needs. And as storage volumes grow, they become more valuable as targets and more difficult to protect.

Cyberattack growth — The Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report uncovered 53,000 security incidents last year, including 2,216 data breach incidents — and that’s only a fraction of the actual events experienced by organizations. And a recent report from a UK government agencyfound found that 2017 had more cyberattacks than any other year on record. New attacks seem to be in the news nearly every day, and that has businesses worried about their security posture.

Cost of data breaches — Recovering from a data breach is incredibly expensive. The Ponemon Institute 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study found that companies experiencing breaches spent an average of $3.62 million, or about $141 per record lost, to recover from incidents in 2017. Those expenses can be a powerful encouragement to improve data security.