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Do you know the difference between privacy and security?

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Technology evolves at a breakneck pace, but the greatest business successes come when technology molds to meet individual business needs. Alas, no matter where we’re located hackers find a way to keep pace with technological developments. The only truly secure system is one that no one can access, one that is totally private, which certainly makes it less than desirable for enterprise-wide deployment.

Security is much more than an IT department concern as business implications of a breach can be far reaching. Additionally, the increasingly mobile world creates access points that make systems easy to operate for the end user, but also creates the possibility of compromised privacy.

Although the terms have become interchangeable, it is worthwhile to note that there is a difference between privacy and security.


  • Security is the state of being free from danger – no one is maliciously corrupting your system (e.g., Target’s credit card system breach that compromised nearly 40 million credit and debit card accounts).

  • Privacy is the state of being free from observation – no one is watching what you are transmitting (e.g., the 2013 NSA spying scandal).


For more information on cloud security, which is defined as your VoIP and other communications applications that run in the cloud, take a look at our newly published security in the cloud white paper.