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Apple vs FBI: Who’s in Control of Protection and Privacy

Posted by Kevin Landt on Apr 15, 2016

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The days when cybersecurity was a niche topic are long gone. Today network security controversies play out in the news and in the courts on a daily basis. One recent example—the legal case between the FBI and Apple—shows how data privacy is impossible without data security.

 

Data Privacy and Data Security

In September 2013, EiQ wrote about the difference between data privacy and data security. In short, the distinction is between use of information and access to information. Privacy determines who can use data, how, and why; security is the technological means of controlling access to the data in the first place.

 

In the Apple-FBI conflict, it's clear that without control of security, it is impossible to keep data private. If someone is equipped with strong security tools, they can maintain control over their digital assets and therefore much of their privacy. But in this case, the FBI was able to break an iPhone's security and get the data the agency sought.

Control of Cybersecurity

lt is still unclear how the FBI was able to break the security on the device, and the battle between the agency and Apple is now moving to cases in other jurisdictions. No matter what side you take on this case, one thing that's certain is that in today's world, any individual or company seeking to protect privacy has to be superbly in control of cybersecurity. Having a data security policy in place, along with managed security services, is a starting point for protecting private data.

 

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.

 

More and more, organizations who were previously understaffed, underbudgeted, and overwhelmed are finding that EiQ's hybrid SaaS security services that combine the best people, process, and technology are a welcome change from going it alone. EiQ is transforming how mid-market organizations build enterprise-class security programs. Acting as an extension of our customers' IT teams, EiQ’s SOCVue provides continuous security operations based on best-of-breed technology at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. EiQ is a trusted advisor to organizations that need to improve their IT security and compliance posture by protecting their infrastructure against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. To learn more, please request a demo today!

 

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Tags: Data Security, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Apple, FBI, Data Privacy

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