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Encrypted Data

Encryption is the method of converting a plaintext into a cipher text so that only the authorized parties can decrypt the information and no third parties can tamper with the data. Unencrypted usually refers to data or information that is stored unprotected, without any encryption. Encryption is an important way for individuals and companies to protect sensitive information from hacking. For example, websites that transmit credit card and bank account numbers encrypt this information to prevent identity theft and fraud.

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Data Classification

Data Classification is the process of categorizing data in order to take more efficient actions on them. The process is used to describe a higher level business classification on the data set itself, such as confidential, sensitive, or personally identifiable. This kind of data classification can be helpful to implement a data protection policy or other data governance rules.

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Data Sprawl

A term that refers to the staggering amount and variety of data produced by businesses every day. This is largely due to the variety of enterprise software, mobile apps, storage systems, and data formats each company relies on.

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