Secure Data Management is a process that involves establishing policies and standard practices to maintain the integrity and security of data over time. This includes restricting access to data by using passwords, strong encryption tools and requiring two-factor authentication for all logins. It also means that the database systems are designed with the best practices in mind to prevent attacks, minimize loss in the event of breaches, and make it easier to discern the data that has been compromised.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a process process and that companies must make it a priority to adhere to these rules in all times or face the consequences of being irresponsible controllers of customer data. That could include lawsuits, negative media and even the possibility to lose customers who have switched brands in the wake of a data breach.

Step 1 – Identify all users and categorize them – This involves defining all of the groups of users who have to interact with the system and then delineating what their basic rights will be. It doesn’t have to be a perfect science but it should be as granular and precise as possible.

After that, you’ll need to create the “chain of custody” for any interactions or changes to the data. This will give a solid foundation for any future lawsuits, and give customers security if they are concerned that their information is being shared with the wrong individuals.