In today’s business landscape where digital transformation dominates, data has become the backbone of almost every business. As data travels across business networks or cloud services and settles in storage repositories, it exists in two key states: data in motion and data at rest.
Let’s explore the differences between data in motion and data at rest, the challenges organizations face in protecting that data, and how Concentric AI can help protect all types of data regardless of its state.
Data in motion, also known as data in transit, refers to data that is actively being transferred or moved from one location to another. Examples of data in motion include private networks, public internet channels, cloud or SaaS providers, wireless transmissions, and physical methods like portable drives.
Data in motion is susceptible to many threats, including:
Interception: Data can be intercepted by malicious actors, leading to unauthorized access or a data breach.
Corruption: While in motion, data may become corrupted for various reasons, including network issues, hardware failures, or human error.
Latency: The time it takes for data to move from one point to another can be crucial in real-time applications where a delay can impact business operations.
Traditional security measures taken to protect data in motion include:
Encryption: Ensures that even if data is intercepted, it remains unreadable to unauthorized parties.
Secure Channels: Using secure communication channels like VPNs or secure protocols like HTTPS to safeguard data.
Authentication: Implementing robust authentication processes to validate the people or parties involved in data transmission.
Definition: Data at rest refers to data that is stored in persistent storage, not actively being moved or processed. Examples of data at rest include databases, hard drives, cloud storage, or any other form of static storage. Data at rest can be structured or unstructured.
Threats to data at rest include:
Unauthorized Access: Stored data can be accessed by unauthorized parties, leading to potential data leaks or breaches. Examples of unauthorized access include inappropriate permissioning, risky sharing, and data stored in the wrong location.
Compliance: Ensuring stored data complies with various data protection regulations like GDPR or CCPA, which mandate strict data protection measures.
Data Degradation: Over time, physical storage media can degrade, leading to potential data loss.
Traditional security measures to protect data at rest include:
Access Control: Implementing strict access control policies to ensure only authorized individuals or parties can access the data.
Data Masking: Using data masking to hide specific data within a database, rendering it inaccessible for unauthorized users.
Regular Audits: Conducting regular security audits to identify and remediate any vulnerabilities or misconfigurations.
Massive cloud migration
With more data to manage and process than ever before, organizations are navigating the challenges of moving data and applications to the cloud — lured by its scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness.
However, cloud migration is not without its hurdles. Ensuring stringent data security during the migration and subsequent storage in the cloud is crucial given the potential vulnerabilities due to misconfigurations and inadequate access controls. Plus, managing data across hybrid or multi-cloud environments introduces complexities that demand robust data management strategies and adherence to a myriad of regional and industry-specific compliance mandates.
Exponential data growth
Organizations are grappling with the surge in data generation and collection — driven by factors such as IoT devices, social media, and more digital transactions.
The challenges are numerous:
The infrastructure strain to accommodate growing data can impact performance and reliability, while larger data sets become lucrative targets for cybercriminals.
The evolving workplace
Remote and hybrid work models have redefined traditional norms and introduced new dynamics in data access and sharing. Ensuring that employees can seamlessly access the data they need — whenever they need it — without compromising on security, becomes a never-ending balancing act.
The expansion of the network perimeter to include remote work environments necessitates enhanced network security measures, and policies must be adapted to cater to the new work dynamics while ensuring data security and compliance.
Here are 5 ways Concentric AI can help with protecting data – no matter what state it’s in.
It may be cliche, but it’s true: identifying where sensitive data resides is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Concentric AI’s Autonomous Data Discovery uses advanced machine learning to scan, identify, and categorize data without human intervention. Concentric AI can handle vast amounts of data, making it suitable for organizations of all sizes. Best of all, organizations can reduce the time and resources required for manual data categorization and discovery.
Traditional security measures rely on predefined rules, which can quickly become outdated and miss new threats. Concentric AI’s Risk Distance™ Analysis uses deep learning to compare each data element with established security practices, identifying deviations and potential risks while reducing false positives.
Our solution continuously updates its understanding based on new data and threats — putting organizations in a better position to identify risks before they escalate into breaches.
In today’s evolving threat landscape, new vulnerabilities emerge all the time. Concentric AI offers continuous risk monitoring, ensuring real-time detection of risks from inappropriate permissions, risky sharing, and unauthorized access.
Concentric AI monitors all data access points, from databases to cloud storage, structured and unstructured, providing a clear overview of data access patterns and helping identify potential vulnerabilities.
With a myriad of data protection regulations being introduced for numerous industries, countries and jurisdictions, maintaining compliance can be daunting. Concentric AI helps businesses navigate this complex landscape, offering tools and insights to meet global mandates.
Our solution provides detailed logs and reports, which is crucial for simplifying the audit process and helping with compliance efforts. Organizations can proactively detect potential compliance violations, allowing for timely remediation.
Today’s businesses require solutions that integrate seamlessly without disrupting existing workflows. Concentric AI is agentless, API-based, and compatible with various data repositories. Our solution integrates with a wide range of data storage solutions, from on-premises databases to cloud platforms — reducing the time-to-value and providing immediate benefits.
Want to see firsthand — with your own data — how you can quickly and easily deploy Concentric AI’s solution to leverage the power of AI to protect data no matter what state it’s in? Book a demo today and experience the freedom of protecting your data without rules, regex, or end-user involvement.
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