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This IDC Market Perspective provides an update on the growing amount of data requiring some level of protection within the Global DataSphere.

Users are connecting billions of new devices to a network every year, and these devices will be responsible for creating zettabytes of data to drive our connected world. Many of these newly connected devices will be driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), which includes the connectivity of operational technology (OT) within enterprises, Smart Cities, and consumer-driven connected devices within smart homes.

But with every new connection comes the responsibility to protect the data that is captured, created, or consumed on these devices. The good news is that the industry is improving. The bad news is that the pace is very slow, and even by 2023, IDC estimates that over 50% of the data that requires some level of protection is actually being protected.

Not all data requires protection, though any given data, no matter what type could need some level of protection. Companies must endeavor to understand the various types of data they manage, the level of protection required and, most importantly, protect it. Organizations must also maintain the integrity of the data throughout its life cycle, until the data is deleted.

"There is a growing amount of data within the Global DataSphere that requires protection, and unfortunately, today less than 50% of what needs to be protected is protected," says Dave Reinsel, senior vice president, IDC. "A data-driven world must be able to protect the authenticity and veracity of the very data driving it if society is going to trust and enjoy the benefits it portends to offer."



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