In the workplace, the benefits of a more human-centric approach to security (focusing on the interaction of people and critical data) will lead to more specific (and less generalised) data collection – an effort that must be handled carefully if it is to remain both legally and culturally acceptable.
In what Forcepoint is calling “The Privacy Wars”, over the next twelve months, we will see privacy divide both opinion and governments, also galvanising individuals to truly understand where their data is and who has access to it.
We are seeing a shift in people's perception of how their personal data is collected, stored and used. Large-scale data breaches (like Equifax) have raised the level of awareness in the general public, and shone a light on the role of data aggregators. More importantly, the ongoing occurrence of data breaches revealed how they can affect anyone at any time, and raised pertinent questions about the privacy of consumers' personal data in general. In this age of social media and e-commerce, organisations must take data security and privacy seriously.
With GDPR coming into force, we will definitely see discussions from a privacy perspective on a political, enterprise and personal level. However, these discussions will be more polarising than unifying, making little progress towards recognising privacy concerns with genuine security needs.
The erosion of privacy
GDPR presents organisations with the chance to increase their security efforts and build a culture that upholds the need to protect customer data. By embracing best practices they can ensure that the intellectual properties of consumers are protected in a hyper-connected world.
We believe that organisations need to build a human-centric security approach, which focuses on the interaction of people and critical data to not only protect their business and customers data but also their employees and intellectual property while respecting employees' rights.
Contributed by By Nico Fischbach, Global CTO, Forcepoint.
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