Consumer Security and Consumer Privacy Are Two Separate Conversations

As the title of this blog post implies, there seems to be a blurred line in the general rhetoric between “privacy” and “security”. These topics are not the same, and yet I see them lumped together all too often (ahem, CNN & Co). It's tough, however, to weave a coherent single narrative on the subjects, so let me present a few disparate points to help distinguish the two:

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People (Still) Don’t Care About Cyber Attacks

Let’s get something out of the way: I know that all the data says people care more about their privacy than ever before, and especially the under-40 age group sees it as a “key issue.” And I don’t for a second doubt the data—if you ask me in a survey, “Is privacy important to you?,” I’ll say yes. If you ask “Would you do business with a company that does not protect your privacy?,” I would say no—because those are the right answers, and intellectually we understand that. But there is a gigantic disconnect between what people say in a survey, and how they actually behave. I’m the first to admit guilt here.

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Good Medicine for Big Data Privacy Concerns

Big data by definition combines many diverse sources of information into a central repository for analytics and delivers insights that couldn’t otherwise be found. This is healthy and good. Put all your medicines in one place for easy access when you need it.

There is a downside to this accumulation of assets, and it’s a privacy problem. Look in my backpack and you might find some Benadryl, fine, I don’t care if you know about my spring hayfever. Spend ten minutes in my medicine cabinet and you’ll really know all my dark secrets.

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Security Professionals Identify IT Risks Associated with Cloud Computing

It’s highly likely that cloud security will be one of the hot topics at this year’s RSA Security Conference coming up in February. Yes, there will surely be a lot of rhetoric and hype, but this is a very important topic for our industry to discuss as cloud computing continues to gain momentum with enterprise organizations.

While information security is still the primary concern around cloud computing, enterprise organizations aren’t holding back on deployment, albeit with non-sensitive workloads for the most part.

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