Software protection is a term used to describe the overall, comprehensive process for ensuring the integrity, use, availability, usability, and security of all applications and data owned by or controlled by an enterprise. Often, enterprises appoint a team or council to oversee complex data governance programs. This strategy may include representatives from various departments to offer the multitude of perspectives that exist within most enterprises and enable the creation of data governance policies and procedures that are practical and address the needs of departments company-wide.

Software protection programs and initiatives are undertaken by enterprises with the goal of increasing revenue and profitability, enhancing the value of services, products, and decision-making, managing cost and complexity, and/or increasing awareness of risk and/or vulnerability. This may relate to regulatory compliance, security, privacy, and similar concerns impacting today’s organizations.