The transition of data from a physical to digital format has been rapid and widespread. Once organisations exchanged folders, paper and CDs, now they send electronic files online, containing a huge range of information items in various formats. Communication, data, correspondence, images, texts and archives are now ‘digital assets’, which are created and maintained electronically?making life easier and data transportation faster and more accurate.
As a result, data is today’s business currency: most organisations’ success is closely associated with their ability to move, change, manipulate and use data to manage and run their operations. Dr. Paul Steiner, Managing Director,Accellion EMEA, explains.
While the switch to digital information has improved the speed and efficiency of business communication, it has highlighted concerns about the security of data transfer. Today, data is increasingly vulnerable to loss or theft, with accidental and malicious security breaches common place.
However, the value, confidentiality and importance of data in a digital format is exactly the same as physical data. Yet many organisations still don’t fully comprehend the need to store and secure digital assets with the same protection given to physical assets. The rise of global corporate networks combined with mobile and remote working has given many more employees access to vast amounts of data which they can view, change and transfer around the world from a PC, laptop or even mobile phone.
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