The basic concept of privacy is an expectation of protected data and the right to decide who, when and how that data is shared. On the other hand, information security is the actual practice of protecting information from unauthorized viewing, use, sharing and changes.
In short, information security is implemented and required to ensure data privacy.
Each year, January 28 kicks off Data Privacy Month, an international effort to raise awareness on privacy issues and what users need to know to protect both work and personal data. This year’s focus is on practical measures every user can take to ensure information privacy:
- Creating secure passwords | January 28 – February 3
- Implementing smartphone security | February 4 – February 10
- Avoiding phishing scams | February 11 – February 17
- Preventing identity theft | February 18 – February 25
To learn more about these topics, see these resources from the ITCS website:
- Passwords are the keys to your kingdom – http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/securitytips/passwords/
- Smartphone Privacy and Security – http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/securitytips/smartphone-privacy-and-security/
- Do Not Fall for Phishing Schemes!
- Preventing Identity Theft –
More on Data Privacy Day (Month)
“Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on Jan. 28.”