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Is data most at risk when not in production?

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Data Protection

posted May 15, 2016 by Satendra Jain

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Yes Very Much, here is some reasoning for it...

On an average day, employees routinely copy sensitive production data into non-production environments. Those copies are often shared with other employees creating copies of copies. As the number of copies increase so does the security risk. For example copies are created for development and testing so that administrators can test upgrades, patches and fixes. Copies are created for analytics. Copies are created for numerous reasons to keep an organization running. By copying sensitive data, employees unwarily breach information.

At the same time, cyber criminals are well aware that copies of production data exist throughout an organization and because of this they take full advantage and routinely target non-production environments. A data breach in a non-production environment can cost an organization millions of dollars – just like a data breach in a production environment.

answer May 16, 2016 by Salil Agrawal