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What’s the Line Between a Security Breach, and a Data Breach?

When security breaches and data breaches are mentioned in the same breath so often, it’s easy to look at them as one and the same. However, we want to take a moment to explain the differentiating factors between the two, as it could be all the most important for protecting your business in the future.

Defining the Security Breach

A security breach can be explained as unauthorized access to company-owned accounts. This happens when people, or other machines, gain access to an account without the appropriate authorization. This could include the device, the network, a website, a server, or any other part of your IT infrastructure.

Defining the Data Breach

Compare this to the data breach, which is a specific type of security breach that involves unauthorized access to data, like computer files or documents. This also includes the alteration and destruction of data.

Why Does This Difference Matter?

Data breaches are indeed a security breach, albeit a very specific one. However, it’s important to know the differences between the two because of the semantics involved with regulations and other data protection laws out there. There are specific definitions for what constitutes a data breach. To put this into perspective, consider this scenario; when encrypted data is accessed and stolen, would it be considered a security breach or a data breach?

And now you see where the definitions come into play. We always try to encourage our readers to avoid security breaches at all costs, which is why we recommend software like firewalls and antiviruses that can proactively prevent these types of issues. Furthermore, we also recommend that you implement patch management and routine maintenance into your technology strategy to keep these systems ready to protect your business. Combine all of this with security training and complex passwords or multi-factor authentication, and you have an adequate security system in place that can keep most threats at bay.

S3 Technologies knows and understands your plight, and we would be happy to discuss with you what you can do to better protect your business. To learn more, call us today at (505)242-5683.