Data Security Glossary

No matter what your role is within an organization, this data security glossary is intended for anyone from the security leader to the security practitioner.

Shadow data

“Shadow data” refers to unknown and unmanaged data that the organization’s IT and security teams do not govern, secure, or update. Because of data democratization, it is common for a data user to copy, move, or modify data without the IT and security team’s knowledge. This has led to the proliferation of shadow data and it presents a very real risk to organizations. Learn more about shadow data.