Dormant data is data that is collected but not analyzed or used to inform decisions. According to some estimates, 80% of all data collected by organizations remains dormant. Dormant data is often unstructured and unmanaged, and can be stored in various locations including cloud and local storage systems. Dormant records or datasets can also be found in business software applications (such as project management tools).
Since dormant data is not used regularly, it can easily fall under the radar when it comes to data security. However, this data can potentially contain sensitive information such as customer details, and should be covered as part of an organization’s broader data protection strategy.