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Data Security is Not Data Privacy

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July 23, 2020

Often the terms data security and data privacy are misused or interpreted as the same thing. Since data security and data privacy are both essential components of data protection, it is vital to know the difference between the two. Think about it this way. You protect your house with a door.  If the door is glass, does the door provide privacy? Two related but different concerns.

Data security protects valuable company and customer data and prevents the data from leaving the house. Data security applies specific controls, standard policies, and procedures via administrative tools, physical security, logical controls, organizational standards, and more. All of which leads to the protection of unauthorized access, accidental loss, and destruction of your data. 

Data privacy, on the other hand, is concerned with the proper handling of your data. For instance, when enterprises and organizations use data or information provided or entrusted to them, the data should only be used with consent from the owner. The data owner will have to provide information such as what types of data will be collected, for what purpose, and whom it can be shared with. The European Unions' GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements include the consent of subjects for data processing. Another critical element for privacy compliance with GDPR and CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) is allowing users to opt-out and have their data removed from any database.

With SecureCircle, your organization can achieve data protection over data in the cloud and local endpoints. SecureCircle's Data Access Security Broker (DASB) protects data without changing user behavior or business workflows. DASB protects all data by default and creates an opt-out security model that does not rely on discovery or classification.

SecureCircle’s data access security broker (DASB) automatically tracks data within a file. When data from a protected file is copied and pasted into a new document, the new document automatically is protected with the same permissions as the original file.

While SecureCircle protects data from leaving the house, it can also aid in data privacy. Data privacy is based on internal workflows to segregate users and processes which can access data. Often, a database or SaaS application stores sensitive data, and users export and download the data to their computer for utilization.  Organizations lose control of the data once it leaves the SaaS application. Control is also lost when users email and transfer the data to coworkers and even external 3rd parties. DASB automatically protects the data that egresses from the cloud service or SaaS app and tracks the information as it moves. Organizations can report on all users that have accessed specific files and their derivatives.  Organizations can also disable files that contain data that no user should have access to as part of GDPR or CCPA data hygiene.

Data security and data privacy are different. Luckily SecureCircle solves data protection for cloud and local data without impacting users or workflows. DASB aids companies in meeting data privacy requirements such as GDPR and CCPA. With SecureCircle, the glass door on the house becomes a wooden door. The wooden door is able to protect your house as well as secure your privacy. SecureCircle allows you to have both data security and data privacy. 

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