Study finds consumers value security over privacy

The primary cultural side effect of this year’s revelations of cyber espionage by the United States National Security Agency has been an increased sensitivity among consumers worldwide about privacy protection. With private citizens clamoring for accountability when it comes to organizations’ handling of their personal information – not to mention a new wave of data protection regulations in the European Union that may introduce new complications to business between the U.S. and Europe – companies have had to look closely at their security policies and reevaluate whether or not the solutions currently in place in their IT departments are up to the new challenges.