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Data Security Is an Art, Not Just a Science

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by Daniel J. Solove

Far too often, the mandate for data security is simply to “secure it,” and people often think of data security as a set of clear choices. This is in contrast to privacy, which is understood as a set of muddy policy issues. But data security is, in fact, quite muddy itself.

Data security is about risk management. Data security measures can reduce the risk of having a data breach, but these measures have costs. These costs can be financial, but they also can involve efficiency, convenience, and the very culture of an organization.

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