Data protection is basically what it sounds like — the process of safeguarding an organization's information from being compromised, corrupted or lost. It also includes measures to restore any data that becomes inaccessible or unusable back to a functional state. The more data a company has, the greater its need for data protection services.
While data protection and Cybersecurity go hand in hand, they're not quite the same thing. Let's dive right in.
Data protection is the process of backing up and recovering data, while Cybersecurity is geared toward protecting systems from cyberattacks. In other words, when you protect your data, you create copies of the information you can fall back on if any of the data is lost. And when you secure your data, you prevent unauthorized parties from accessing it. Both processes work together to give you complete control over your data's life cycle.
OK, so now you know the difference between data protection and Cybersecurity. Where does data privacy come in?
Data privacy defines who has access to an organization's data, while data protection enforces these restrictions. Think of your data storage as a nightclub (stay with us). Data privacy is the owner who sets the rules for who can come in. Data protection is the bouncer who enforces these rules. While they perform different jobs, both are needed to keep the nightclub running smoothly. The same goes for data protection and privacy.