DeepSec Video: The German Data Privacy Laws and IT Security

Data protection and information security are often seen as different species. Why? Where is the difference between protection, defence, security, and offence? There are a lot of relations between the terms. Stefan Schumacher (Magdeburger Institut für Sicherheitsforschung) gave a presentation at DeepSec 2015 on how to link privacy with security: „Hesse introduced the first data privacy law in the world in 1970. Since then, the German data privacy laws evolved over time and led to the creations of several tools and methods to protect private data. Though it is aimed at data protection it can be utilized for IT security. This talk introduces the data privacy law and it’s main ideas. This presentation will also show how it can be used to further IT security especially in the SME sector. This mostly refers to the identification and description of processes that work with data and therefore have to be protected.“

Data protection and privacy are not the enemies of your shiny new Big Data business model (YMMV, of course). Lacking protection is. Remember Stefan’s talk when you hear more about Safe Harbour II.

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