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Dark Data Is Hurting Your Cyber Security

October 16, 2019 / Michael Peters

Server rooms filled with digital files may look neater than the paper file rooms of old, but they’re not necessarily more organized, and “dark data” lurks around every corner. Sixty percent of respondents to a survey by big data software vendor Splunk admitted that more than half of their organizations’ data is dark, and one-third put that figure at over 75%. (Not surprisingly, the majority also said that the phrase “data-driven” amounted to little more than lip service within their enterprises.) Dark data” is an ominous-sounding name for digital data assets – emails, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, even system activity log files – that an organization is not using, has not categorized and, in some cases, may not even know exists.