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Data Security and Privacy

Data Security and Privacy

Business owners in Australia should have a clear understanding of the difference between data security and data privacy so they can come up with a good network security plan. For many, the distinctions between these two terms may not be clear. Data security is the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and services, while data privacy involves identifying the bounds of who and what actions can be done with certain information. Data may be secure but not private at all.


Cybersecurity Professionals Speak Up

According to a recent study, 40% of the 267 cybersecurity professionals surveyed said that data privacy is a notable new addition to their job in data security, and 45% of the participants acknowledged it as an existing part of their job. As the responsibility is relatively new, 44% admit to being undertrained. With personnel being undertrained, it now poses a threat to cybersecurity as it may not be implemented correctly.

Companies and the cybersecurity professionals they employ work on the assumption that both do know what output they might get without actually doing the work needed. The President of the ISSA has mentioned during the Secure World Boston Conference that they do recognize data privacy as part of their job but never really fully understood it before it was handed to them.


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Where to Start With Data Privacy

1. ISSA-ESG Consensus

The Information Systems Security Association and the analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group are trying to agree on the intersection and limits between data security and data privacy. In the grander scheme of things, Australian cybersecurity professionals should prioritise data privacy to ensure compliance. It is considered to be part of their job. However, to actively employ this, identifying its definition, bounds, and implementation should be discussed during training.


2. Developing Standard Protocol

Experts in the field of data privacy should convene to produce a standard protocol and template that could be applicable to a variety of entities. Cybersecurity experts and data privacy professionals can agree where each may intervene in respective job responsibilities.


3. Tailor-Fit Data Privacy Programs

Factors that may affect how stakeholders view data security could include culture and value systems. The breadth and depth of data privacy can be customised according to the company that employs it and its clients. Survey what should matter to both the company and its clients to identify the layers of privacy which they deem proper. This will probably effectively collate different perspectives among B2Bs and B2Cs.


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The Final Word

We are only scratching the surface thus far in the realm of data security. Carving out a place for it in business will require time and agreement among concerned parties. To effectively implement this, the mentioned starting points can be useful as well as improved. Australian companies are under fire from cyber-attacks and one way to prevent this from happening is by getting ahead with data privacy and security. It is better to invest in a data privacy approach as early as now than wait for the next attack that could hurt your business. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

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