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Key Considerations for Data Storage Management
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The importance and value of data to a modern business can not be under-estimated. Rapid retrieval and data security are paramount to the operation and success of any business. Finding the right data storage management solution is not a one size fits all scenario, and will need regular monitoring to ensure it continues to serve as a cost effective solution. Data storage managers can also be dealing with other time consuming tasks, from end user support to overall system management. However by allocating consistent time to plan your data storage management you not only help optimise data...

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Why companies are struggling to implement GDPR
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become effective as of 25 May 2018 all over Europe. These are a set of rules that were adapted by the European Union to regulate how businesses use and protect consumer data. These rules are very demanding and tech companies are already struggling with compliance. Here are some of the areas tech companies are finding it difficult to implement:


1. Data breach notification 

This is one of the areas tech companies are finding it hard to comply with. The regulations require organisations to report data breaches within 72 hours. Most...

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How does the Bad Data affect your Big Data?
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Bad data breads throughout the entire systems of any organization. It is overpowering ever more automated marketing and CRM systems. The impacts can range from a transaction loss to an over-all catastrophic overload for an enterprise. The bigger the data, the more the impact of bad data. Seemingly innocuous oversights can lead to vast levels of bad data. The commonest reasons for the inadvertent creation of bad data may include;

  • Absent Data: Fields that are left blank when they require data

  • Inappropriate data: Wrong data entered into a field that is not appropriate.
  • Duplicate...

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Ransomware gets an evil brother: extortionware on the rise
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Many people are aware of the widespread ransomware, but only a few know or have experienced extortionware. Although these two elements are security threats, their definition is different and may have diverse effects on the firm. Ransomware involves cyber criminals taking information and blackmailing the company to part with a defined sum of money to have it restored. In this case, the attack may be by the use of a virus which restricts data access by the attacked firm. When such an occurrence happens, the company may risk losing all its data if they do not have an alternative backup.


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Practical Advise
3 Ways to Secure Your Data Storage
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Data is a crucial element in the operation of every company, but wrong storage can lead to the company’s downfall. Customers’ data should be secured and not shared with a third-party without their consent and many firms, especially SMEs, are most affected as they lack the right resources to protect their data. There are, however, various means that can be used to store data safely and protect both the company and its clients. 


1. Employee Training

Employees are the core data handlers in your company and should be enlightened on the various...

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Structuring Dark Data Is Essential As The GDPR Is Coming
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Many companies are at a risk of facing the hard sanctions imposed by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will take place in May 2018. Companies which have their data in the ‘dark’ expose themselves to many threats which can have a severe effect on the privacy and security of their operations. Furthermore, fines up to 20 million Euro are possible. The primary objective of GDPR is to ensure that all data is nested and the safety of companies enhanced. 


Unstructured Data

Therefore, enterprises need to secure their vast data stock. Most data...

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Big Data and the challenges to privacy in an ever changing landscape
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Big Data is a fairly simple term to describe complex data sets so large that conventional databases are unable to process them. They can be utilized by businesses to improve customer care in many, previously unavailable, ways, but they also raise a number of new privacy and security challenges.


Why Now?

For large businesses, the concept and use of big data is not a new idea by any means, but due to the reduced costs associated, medium and even small businesses are also beginning to utilize these data sets. 

The rules surrounding data governance across organizations have...

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Businesses are becoming lazy in securing their data
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The increased number of data breaches over the past one year should be enough to worry many organisations around the world. Last year's statistics by Gemalto point to nearly 1.4 billion data breaches annually. 

Apparently, many organisations will only take appropriate measures to secure their data after a data breach has already occurred. An obvious example is that a majority of IT experts employed by many organisations still believe that perimeter security is still effective at keeping hackers out of their networks. This is according to the findings of Gemalto's latest report...

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Facial Recognition tested at US airports
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In the wake of increased terrorist acts across the globe, U.S. president, Donald Trump's administration has put measures that will see security at airports across the United States beefing up, through the use of biometric facial recognition systems. The program dubbed ‘Biometric Exit project’ is already being tested on Atlanta to Tokyo flights, and aims at providing airports with facial recognition systems across the US. 
According to Larry Panetta, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s, stated at the Border Security Expo held in April 2017, that there was no...

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Practical Advice
How to keep your customer's data secure
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It has become a nightly addition to the news, a new company has been hacked and their data has been leaked. Unfortunately, this is all too common and it is usually the result of some very lacklustre security. 
Do you know how you can keep your customer's data secure?

Know the regulations: The rules and laws around data security are quite substantial and they are there to protect everyone involved. The data must be housed in a secure location, behind a passworded system at the very least and encrytion would be a logical approach. 

Go beyond the...

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