Secure Data Storage

What Does Secure Data Storage Mean?

Secure data storage collectively refers to the manual and automated computing processes and technologies used to ensure stored data security and integrity. This can include physical protection of the hardware on which the data is stored, as well as security software.

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Techopedia Explains Secure Data Storage

Secure data storage applies to data at rest stored in computer/server hard disks, portable devices – like external hard drives or USB drives – as well as online/cloud, network-based storage area network (SAN) or network attached storage (NAS) systems.

Secure data storage is achieved in the following ways:

  • Data encryption
  • Access control mechanism at each data storage device/software
  • Protection against viruses, worms and other data corruption threats
  • Physical/manned storage device and infrastructure security
  • Enforcement and implementation of layered/tiered storage security architecture

Secure data storage is essential for organizations which deal with sensitive data, both in order to avoid data theft, as well as to ensure uninterrupted operations.

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