Differentiating Between Data Privacy and Data Security

Laura BednarCybersecurityLeave a Comment

data security vs. data privacy

There is no clear definition of cybersecurity due to the ever-changing landscape and new daily threats. However, we can piece together various terms to help everyone make sense of the new age of online privacy and security. While many people believe that privacy and security are interchangeable, these terms are quite different. In the age of data breaches every week, and digital files on every mobile device, the need for proper security and privacy for users is greater than ever.

What is Digital Privacy?

Data privacy refers to who can access data and what protocols are in place to protect it. Privacy policies set forth by companies and websites alike explain:

  • What data is collected
  • How it will be collected and stored
  • Whether or not it will be shared with third parties
  • For how long it will be stored, if it is kept on a server or other storage system

It is important that you conduct business only with companies who offer complete privacy for your personal information. Internet browsers and specific web browsers may track your information or spending habits through link clicks or by selling the information they collect on you to third parties. In some cases, companies can be breached and this information can end up on the dark web, exposing personally identifiable information and put you at risk for identity theft.

Consumers are adamant about their right to privacy as is evident by the many existing privacy laws such as HIPAA laws, FERPA, and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR Laws). Without privacy for your sensitive data, there is no need for added security. The two work best when paired together in the world of online safety.

The Basics of Digital Security

Digital security refers to the safety measures taken online to protect your information and systems from threats. It is defined as the technical application of what data privacy does. Issues that are considered to be security-related are data breaches, ransomware, identity theft, and general cyber crimes. There are a variety of tools that can be used to secure your information:

  • Identity Access Management–this ensures the right people in an enterprise can access technology resources
  • Data Loss Prevention–a strategy to prevent end users from sending critical or sensitive data outside a corporate network, or to prevent losing files due to damaged devices.
  • Anti-Malware and Antivirus–programs designed to detect and remove malicious programs, viruses, and the like.
  • Security Information and Event Management–these provide real-time analysis of security alerts that are generated on a system.

Having the proper tools is the best way to protect your data from being attacked, but still needs the backbone of privacy to ensure that it isn’t improperly accessed either.

How to Properly Protect and Secure Your Data

Being aware of privacy and security concerns is the best way to begin securing your information. After you are familiar with the issues at hand you can take several steps when dealing with files online or within a network.

The first step is to thoroughly read a privacy agreement before agreeing to it. The fine print may expose that a company is, in fact, planning to sell your data in order to provide advertising or other commerce business. One of the points in the GDPR as well as the recent California Consumer Privacy Act is to create privacy policies with clearly written language that is easy to understand.

Another way to improve data security is by using hardware encrypted SecureDrives. These devices are FIPS-validated for total security and have wireless authentication with TouchID and FaceID. Additionally, Secure Data is an SSAE 18 certified company and works out of a Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom for total data protection throughout the recovery process. For more information on any of our services, call 1-800-388-1266.