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Data in transit is defined[according to whom?] into two categories, information that flows over the public or untrusted network such as the Internet and data that flows in the confines of a private network such as a corporate or enterprise Local Area Network (LAN).[1]

Data in transit is used as a complement to the terms data in use, and data at rest which together define the three states of digital data.

Alternative definitionsEdit

Data in transit is also referred to as data in motion,[2] and data in flight.[3]


  1. ^ SANS White Paper on Encryption
  2. ^ "Data in motion and data in transit both used on" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  3. ^