Data Protection

In the information age, data is an asset. However, most data is valuable only if it is protected. Data protection needs to cover all data lifecycle stages, data types, and data states. Data stages include create, store, access, roam, share, and retire. Data types include unstructured data such as word processing documents, structured data such as data within databases, and semi structured data such as emails. Data states include data at rest (DAR), data in transit (DIT) (aka data in motion, data in flight), and data in use (DIU). The controls of Data Protection are data lifecycle management, data leakage prevention, intellectual property protection with digital rights management, and cryptographic services such as key management and PKI/symmetric encryption.