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Data Protection 101: What You Need to Know About Data Security and Integrity

How many times have you heard or read the following statement: Data is the lifeblood of every organization. If that’s true, why are so many companies lackadaisical regarding their data protection strategies? The reasons are many, from lack of support from the C-suite to simply not understanding what data protection is or its importance. Nonetheless, the need for a solid data protection strategy continues to intensify.

Every day, an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated — and there are no signs of things slowing down. Data comes from an increasingly vast and diverse array of sources: digital photos and videos; sensors that gather everything from climate-information to the number of steps taken-per day; posts to social media sites; cell phone GPS-signals and much more.

Complicating the matter is the constant barrage of threats ranging from malware to human error — and the plethora of tactics to combat them. It’s hard to stay on top of data protection best practices, much less the most recent advances. Even the sheer number of relevant terms are overwhelming. Is a backup and recovery plan the same as a disaster recovery plan? Is disaster recovery the same as business continuity? What’s the difference between backup and replication? Where do things like encryption and deduplication fit in?

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