Advantages of Data Integrity | disadvantages of Data Integrity

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Data Integrity and its basics. It mentions benefits or advantages of Data Integrity and drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Integrity.

What is Data Integrity?

Data Integrity refers to accuracy, reliability and consistency of stored data over its entire life cycle. It is indicated by absence of alteration between two data records at different time instants.

Standard rules and procedures are followed for data integrity assurance. Data integrity is maintained by use of validation protocols, periodic auditing, pro-active security and access management.

Data Integrity

Data integrity is essential due to following reasons.
• Key business processes are managed via electronic control systems.
• Increase in usage of processes for interaction between computer systems such as internet, wireless systems, mobile devices, enterprise systems etc.
• Increasing focus by regulatory bodies on data integrity related issues such as errors in transcription of raw data, backdating, data flows etc.

Benefits or advantages of Data Integrity

Following are the benefits or advantages of Data Integrity:
➨It ensures quality in the product and/or service.
➨It ensures safety and privacy of customers e.g. patients, social media users etc.
➨It increases confidence of consumers to use online digital applications and tools. This helps to increase businesses in digital economy.
➨The data integrity helps to protect data from end to end transfer over transmission medium.
➨Stored procedures can be used with ease in order to have complete control of data access.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Integrity

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Data Integrity:
➨The DBMS (Database management system) should have capability to enforce data integrity for all the applications which use the data.
➨It lacks in structural independence.
➨The programming is complex to implement.
➨It is complex to implement across the entire system due to many new ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies).

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