Holistic is a term that refers to something that's concerned with complete systems or organisms, rather than just focusing on a part of it. Traditional security mechanisms have often focused on narrowly defined threats and have compartmentalized risks, taking on risk management techniques and technologies after the fact. A holistic approach involves building data risk management into business systems and processes and making data risk management more transparent. IBM has published a whitepaper highlighting how this can be done.
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