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9 Examples of Data Risks

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A data risk is the potential for a business loss related to the governance, management and security of data. The following are illustrative examples.

Vendor Lock-in

In a dispute with a software-as-a-service vendor they hold your data as a bargaining chip and prevent you from accessing it.

Data Loss

A data storage device fails resulting in the loss of transactional data.

Data Corruption

Data becomes corrupted due to data rot causing business processes to fail.

Data Integration

An integration process fails. As a result, customers can't view their most recent transactions on your website resulting in a flood of complaints.

Dark Data

A firm recklessly accumulates dark data that becomes disorganized and costly to manage.

Data Availability

A market data feed goes down in the middle of market hours causing disruptions of trading operations at a bank.

Data Remanence

A firm accidentally disposes of equipment without properly wiping and degaussing it.


A firm accidentally provides customer details to a third party, violating local regulations.

Data Breach

A firm losses its entire customer database to an advanced persistent threat. The database is sold to numerous entities exposing your customers to risks and stress. This results in liability, reputational damage and regulatory investigations.
Overview: Data Risks
The potential for a business loss related to the governance, management and security of data.
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Data Risks

This is the complete list of articles we have written about data risks.
Compliance Risk
Dark Data Risks
Data Breach
Data Corruption
Data Loss
Data Remanence
Data Rot
Data Sovereignty
Personal Data
Regulatory Risk
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