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7 Places Where Privacy and Security Collide

Privacy and security can experience tension at a number of points in the enterprise. Here are seven — plus some possibilities for easing the strain.

In a recent interview with Dark Reading, Cisco chief privacy officer Michelle Dennedy said that privacy was all about the contents of the metaphorical data pipe, while security concerned itself with the architecture of the pipe. For IT security professionals, issues arise when protecting the contents of the pipe, and the pipe itself, create tensions in how security operates.

There are a number of points at which these tensions arise in the "privacy versus security" dance. One of the most visible twirls around it is the topic of encryption, which can be used to both protect the privacy of individuals and shield the true nature of malware.

But that's not the only place where the needs of privacy and security can collide. Here, we take a look at seven — and want to know about others you have encountered. At which points have you seen privacy and security considerations collide? Let us know in the comments, below.

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About the Author(s)

Curtis Franklin, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Principal Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Previously, he was senior editor of Dark Reading, editor of Light Reading's Security Now, and executive editor, technology, at InformationWeek, where he was also executive producer of InformationWeek's online radio and podcast episodes

Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications including BYTE, ComputerWorld, CEO, Enterprise Efficiency, ChannelWeb, Network Computing, InfoWorld, PCWorld, Dark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.

Curtis is the author of thousands of articles, the co-author of five books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most recent books, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, and Securing the Cloud: Security Strategies for the Ubiquitous Data Center, with co-author Brian Chee, are published by Taylor and Francis.

When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in running, amateur radio (KG4GWA), the MakerFX maker space in Orlando, FL, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

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