Data-centric security involves technologies, processes, and policies whose focus is on the location of the data, its collection, storage, and visibility. In other words, data-centric security seeks to protect data throughout its lifecycle rather than conventional approaches which entail securing networks, servers, and applications. Conventional approaches were not designed to accommodate extended enterprises and for this reason, can pose significant risks. The use of data-centric security allows data to be protected regardless of the access attempt or who it is shared with, allowing for data to remain protected in dynamic business environments.

The concept of data-centric security is based on five key elements: identifying, understanding, controlling, protecting, and auditing. These aspects enhance the ability of an organization to secure its business-critical data, defend against data loss, and evaluate data in order to detect any deviation that might indicate malicious intents.

Benefits of data-centric security

Information-centered security allows people to close the bridge that hinders the relationship between business objectives and information security services by adopting available security services for critical business information. In addition, the method helps organizations protect their sensitive details even when they are attacked by hackers (their servers and computer systems). The improvement has allowed for recovery after such accidents and securing the risks that accompany the loss of business information to an unauthorized hand.

The Future of data-centric security

Data-centric security is quickly replacing other forms of security approaches when it comes to sensitive data protection. It represents a new and progressive generation of data protection techniques that brings database security to a whole new level. Its innovative approach will be instrumental in improving data protection through fine-grained policy approaches that focus on data security based on dynamic and scalable authorization.

Interested to know more? Read our white paper on “What Data-Centric Security Will Look Like Over the Next 5 Years.

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