What is Data Protection?

Data protection is the process of protecting critical data from damage, destruction or loss and ensuring its successful recovery in the event of inaccessibility or lack of access.
Data protection must ensure that data is not compromised, is used only for authorized purposes, and complies with applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Protected data must be accessible when necessary and used in accordance with its intended purpose.
However, data protection goes beyond concepts such as availability and usability and includes areas such as immutability, retention, deletion and destruction of data.

What is data protection and why is it important?


Data protection sets out guidelines for how data should be collected or processed, depending on its sensitivity and importance. Data protection generally applies to personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII). This information includes financial information, medical information, social security card or identification card numbers, name, date of birth, and contact information.


Data protection issues apply to all sensitive information handled by the organization, including customers, shareholders and employees. In many cases, this information plays an important role in the operation, growth and finances of the business.


Protecting mobile data


One of the most commonly cited issues with data protection is the difficulty in backing up and restoring mobile devices. Recovering data from these devices is difficult, if not impossible, due to unstable connectivity. Data protection on mobile devices is further complicated by the need to separate personal and business data stored on mobile devices.

Data protection in production and operating systems


Manufacturing companies tend to devote fewer resources to protecting industrial operational technology (OT) than to protecting the corporate network. This puts OT systems at risk. These OT systems include self-driving vehicles, robots, industrial devices and IoT sensors. Critical infrastructure depends on industrial control systems and various OT systems.


Security Strategy


From a data protection perspective, an organization’s security strategy should be.
Take measures to prevent threats to access sensitive data. Ensure that security measures do not jeopardize productivity or prevent employees from accessing data when and where they need it.
Effectively manage backups to prevent threats such as ransomware and ensure continuous data availability.

Mobile data protection


The organisation’s devices and servers are easier to manage as they are owned by the organisation and it can control what can be installed. User devices are more complex as they need to protect company data without interfering with users’ personal data or applications.


Allowing employees to use their own mobile devices can increase productivity, but also increase risks. Managers should take steps to ensure that mobile data is protected by securing mobile devices. However, this part of network security management is more complex to manage than internal servers and devices. Data must be synchronized with backup policies, and devices must protect data from physical theft.