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The Difference Between Unstructured Data and Structured Data


Information represents all the data you manage within your organization. Information means both structured and unstructured data. My favorite explanation of information is from Steve Weissman, CIP, who told me that he simply refers to information as "stuff in a box."

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Optiv CEO Kevin Lynch on Getting Value Via Unstructured Data

Data Breach Today

Why Clients Should Go Beyond Logs and Probe Transaction Data and System Interfaces Optiv has gone beyond examining log data and classic managed security services work to pursue threats across a broader swath of structured and unstructured data.


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MY TAKE: The no. 1 reason ransomware attacks persist: companies overlook ‘unstructured data’

The Last Watchdog

All too many companies lack a full appreciation of how vital it has become to proactively manage and keep secure “unstructured data.”. One reason for the enduring waves of ransomware is that unstructured data is easy for hackers to locate and simple for them to encrypt. A few takeaways: Outside a database.

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Imperva CEO on Maximizing Visibility Into Unstructured Data

Data Breach Today

Pam Murphy Explains Why Organizations Need a Single Pane of Glass to Secure Data The adoption of new technologies, multi-cloud architectures and multiple data storage sites has resulted in data residing in more places than ever before.

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Use It, Save It, Or Lose It: Spring Cleaning for Information Governance

Speaker: Speakers Michelle Kirk of Georgia Pacific, Darla White of Sanofi, & Scott McVeigh of Onna

Watch this webinar on-demand to learn about: Data lifecycle management. Information governance for unstructured data. Data dividends: how to extract business value from clean data. Making “cleaning” a regular part of your routine.

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Integrating Structured and Unstructured Data; Are we there already?


“By 2022, 50% of organizations will include unstructured, semistructured and structured data within the same governance program, up from less than 10% today.” Gartner Market Guide for File Analytics. Much of the data we manage today is semi-structured, so why have separate solutions to manage each one?

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Unstructured data: The hidden threat in digital business

Information Management Resources

The narrow definition of 'structured data' leaves out a tremendous amount of data, referred to as unstructured data, and with that, potential liability when unaccounted for.