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As companies become more aware of how vital data is to their business and their customers, they are also worried about protecting it. This includes protecting sensitive data from threats such as hackers, natural disasters which can destroy storage devices, as well as unauthorized deletions or damage caused by employees. It’s a difficult task that requires the balance of three key concerns that are integrity, confidentiality and accessibility.

Secure Technologies and Data Storage

Data storage security is a set of physical, technological and administrative controls that protect information and systems from insecure access, tampering or theft. It’s a broad approach that covers hardware management, application development and network security controls. The most important factor to ensure effective storage security is to have comprehensive security strategies that include clear policies, plans and procedures.

Based on the industries and countries in which businesses operate, there could be regulations that affect security of data. PCI-DSS and Sarbanes Oxley are examples. While these regulations provide security requirements but they typically leave it to the organization to choose what methods and tools they use to safeguard information.

Encryption is a widely used and effective method of protecting data. It renders files inaccessible without a key being approved. However the cryptographic processing that is required can slow down applications and impact performance. This is why the latest technologies like Intel(r) Software Guard Extensions allow you to accelerate encryption and increase security without sacrificing performance. This way, businesses can benefit from both worlds: enhanced performance and more robust data security.