Data security and data integrity
Data security is an important component of data integrity. It ensures the protection of company data against misuse, and describes measures and techniques to shield data from unauthorized access.
Data integrity describes certain requirements for the protection and quality of digital data. To maintain data integrity, the consistency, completeness, accuracy, and validity of data must be ensured throughout the entire retention period. All data changes must be documented in a traceable manner so that data cannot be changed or manipulated unnoticed or without authorization. Data integrity thus has the overriding goal of protecting data from internal and external breaches.
The cornerstones of data integrity are data protection regulations, such as the GDPR and data security principles.
Loss of data integrity can lead to compromised data and have far-reaching consequences for companies. Serious data breaches and business decisions based on incorrect data can - in the worst case - threaten the very existence of companies.