Experts are predicting that 2017 will be the year of the data integrity breach. How can you ensure that the integrity of your data remains intact as you move it to the cloud? And what risks do you face if you fail to do so?
Data is the new business currency, and ensuring data integrity should be of paramount concern. Data should not only be protected from security threats, but also from data integrity breaches that can impact its value. Data should remain intact throughout its lifecycle, or it will be as good as junk.
Once data is compromised –– whether intentionally or unintentionally — it can have a rippling negative impact on your business. Compromised data is like contaminated gasoline that can damage and/or stop the engine. And a “damaged engine” means delays, missed opportunities, unforeseen costs — it can even cripple your entire business.
In the healthcare industry,for example, lack of data integrity can critically affect the decision making of healthcare providers. Without the correct and accurate information, it can be difficult if not impossible for them to immediately make the best possible decisions for their patients and the institutions they serve. Compromised medical research data, on the other hand, can lead to serious losses, considering the amount of time, effort, and funding that goes into medical studies.
Compromised data integrity can also be a major pain point for the financial industry, which relies heavily on quality data management to avoid compliance, reputational, and other risks. Data integrity is pivotal in ensuring transparency, but it can be compromised as data flows through different systems. “The onslaught of new regulation compels market participants to have a stronger grasp on the flow of data through their systems; the data needs to be collected and understood – correctness can’t be assumed,” writes Mark Brennan in an article for Banking Technology.
Risks during data migration
Data integrity can be compromised not just during data access and retrieval but also while it is being prepped, while it is being migrated, and while it is at rest in the cloud. Without the right tool in place to assure the integrity of the data across all these stages, it can be overwhelming if not downright impossible to ensure that every piece of data in every enterprise app remains intact and protected.
If you proceed with data migration without ensuring integrity and assurance, data can be corrupted, modified, or lost in the middle of the process. Worse, if you do not have an audit trail, it can be very difficult to determine who, when, and where data has been touched –– whether it was on-premises, in-transit, or at rest in the cloud.
CloudLanes helps ensure data integrity
Understanding the need to ensure data integrity throughout the data lifecycle, CloudLanes designed a cloud solution that can empower you to move data without compromising data integrity. Cloudlanes’ cloud data platform can take you beyond traditional data protection and security by giving you an audit trail so you can obtain full visibility into your data during the entire migration process. CloudLanes’ solution helps ensure that there are no changes in terms of access, views or processes during the migration and that data in prep, in transit or at rest is assured and verifiable.
Talk to our data migration experts now to learn more about how CloudLanes’ cloud solution can help you ensure data integrity and assurance during data migration.