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data security[′dad·ə sə‚kyu̇r·əd·ē]
The protection of data against the deliberate or accidental access of unauthorized persons. Also known as file security.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
securityAn umbrella term for the protection of electronic data and networks. In the IT world, security comprises authorization (who has access?), authentication (is this "really" the authorized user?), encryption (scrambling data for privacy), malware protection (avoiding destructive infiltration), as well as backup and disaster recovery (assurance against failure). See security suite, computer security, information security, security audit, security protocol, access control, authentication, cryptography, malware, backup and disaster recovery.
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