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The Difference Between Data Privacy and Data Security

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 9, 2013

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Although data privacy and data security are often used as synonyms, they share more of a symbiotic type of relationship. Just as a home security system protects the privacy and integrity of a household, a data security policy is put in place to ensure data privacy. When a business is trusted with the personal and highly private information of its consumers, the business must enact an effective data security policy to protect this data. The following information offers specific details designed to create a more in depth understanding of data security and data privacy.

Data Security

Data security is commonly referred to as the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data. In other words, it is all of the practices and processes that are in place to ensure data isn't being used or accessed by unauthorized individuals or parties. Data security ensures that the data is accurate and reliable and is available when those with authorized access need it. A data security plan includes facets such as collecting only the required information, keeping it safe, and destroying any information that is no longer needed. These steps will help any business meet the legal obligations of possessing sensitive data. 

Data Privacy

Data privacy is suitably defined as the appropriate use of data. When companies and merchants use data or information that is provided or entrusted to them, the data should be used according to the agreed purposes. The Federal Trade Commission enforces penalties against companies that have negated to ensure the privacy of a customer's data. In some cases, companies have sold, disclosed, or rented volumes of the consumer information that was entrusted to them to other parties without getting prior approval. 

The Relationship Between Data Security and Data Privacy

Companies need to enact a data security policy for the sole purpose of ensuring data privacy or the privacy of their consumers' information. More so, companies must ensure data privacy because the information is an asset to the company. A data security policy is simply the means to the desired end, which is data privacy. However, no data security policy can overcome the willing sell or soliciting of the consumer data that was entrusted to an organization. 

How Companies Ensure Data Privacy Through a Data Security Policy 

Making sure all company data is private and being used properly can be a near-impossible task that involves multiple layers of security. Fortunately, with the right people, process and technology, you can support your company's data security policy through continual monitoring and visibility into every access point. EIQ Networks provides managed security services that can extend your team's capabilities and help keep data privacy in tact for your company.

How You Can Gain Peace of Mind

EiQ offers two SOCVue® hybrid security-as-a-service solutions that can help organizations of any size affordably and effectively improve their cybersecurity and compliance posture:

  • SOCVue Security Monitoring gives you visibility and control over your IT environment. You’ll get best-of-breed Log Management and SIEM that is managed around-the-clock for real-time threat detection, analysis and notification, proactive remediation guidance, and compliance auditing.
  • SOCVue Vulnerability Management reduces your attack surface and mitigates risk with unlimited managed scans, analysis, risk prioritization, and remediation guidance. Focus on what matters most: your core business.

EiQ’s SOCVue combine the best people, process, and technology to build the enterprise-class IT security program your organization needs. That’s because SOCVue gives you the flexibility and cost savings of a security software-as-a-service offering, but also provides a world-class team of security and technology experts to manage the technology and help implement cybersecurity best practices.

With all the challenges you face today while trying to keep your organization safe, having the best IT security solutions in your corner should not be one of them. Download our whitepaper below and to see how quickly and affordably you can improve your security and compliance posture with EiQ.

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Tags: Data Security, Privacy, InfoSec, Data Privacy

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