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Glossary definition: Data Leak

Data Leak: Protect Your Business from Unauthorized Disclosure

Data leak is the intentional or unintentional release of sensitive data to an unauthorized recipient. It can occur through a variety of methods, including hacking, malware, poor security practices, physical theft, or accidental disclosure. Data leaks can have serious consequences, including financial losses, reputational damage, and legal liabilities. In some cases, data leaks can even lead to the loss of life. Data leaks can be particularly damaging to organizations that handle sensitive information, such as healthcare providers, financial institutions, and government agencies. Organizations should take steps to ensure the security of their data, such as encrypting sensitive data, implementing access controls, and regularly monitoring for potential data leaks.