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Data Movement / Data Flow

Data movement (sometimes referred to as data flow) is the transfer of data between cloud or on-premise data stores. This can involve data being replicated between multiple databases, cloud applications, devices, or networks.

In the context of data security, data movement is an important consideration because sensitive or confidential data can be a target – and the more data is replicated and moved, the harder it becomes to track and control. 

In modern data infrastructure, data movement happens much more frequently than in traditional on-prem deployments. Cloud services make it easy to migrate and replicate datasets, and organizations tend to use more of them. At the same time, the physical data storage is usually controlled by the cloud or managed service provider, rather than the company storing the data. Cybersecurity tools need to account for these changes in the solutions they provide for cloud data security.