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"Keep your digital data safe, secure and recoverable"

Ensuring your data are safe is crucial to any research project. A good storage and backup strategy will help prevent potential data loss.

Ensuring the security of data requires paying attention to physical security, network security and security of computer systems and files to prevent unauthorised access or unwanted changes to data, disclosure or destruction of data. Data security arrangements need to be proportionate to the nature of the data and the risks involved. Encryption can be used for safely storing and sending files. Regular backups protect against accidental or malicious data loss, and this procedure can be easily automated. Data needs to be securely destroyed once it is no longer needed as merely deleting files and reformatting a hard drive will not prevent data recovery.

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