Tag Archives: data security

From Panama to the Philippines, Data Breaches Remain a Business Scourge

by Bharat Mistry

It’s been a busy time for data breaches. First in late March the database of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) was ransacked in what could be the biggest government breach in history. And then just days later, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was attacked and 11.5 million documents leaked to the press detailing the shadowy offshore tax arrangements of many current and former world leaders.

The repercussions of these two incidents will be felt for months or even years to come. If ever there was a fortnight to remind CISOs of the value of best practice data protection, it was the one just gone. Continue reading

Experts Share their Advice on Major New EU Data Protection Rules

by Ross Dyer

Organisations across the UK should be asking themselves “how do I prepare for the coming EU General Data Protection Regulation?” When it is finally enacted, it’ll be one of the most sweeping changes to Europe’s privacy regulations in a generation, and could levy fines as high as €100million or 5% of a company’s global revenue for non-compliance. Yet as Trend Micro research this year has shown, there’s still widespread apathy and ignorance amongst organisations.

That’s why we’ve been a vocal presence in the debate. It was also the driver behind our decision to host a roundtable earlier this month – featuring attendees from politics, business, law, diplomacy and the media, including former GCHQ boss Sir David Omand – to discuss how UK businesses should respond. Continue reading

Is it Time to Revisit Your Online Privacy Policies?

by Ross Dyer

A recent study by Deloitte found that nearly half of Brits don’t read the privacy policies of the websites they visit. No surprises there, you might think. Yet if that stat is true, online businesses are missing out by failing to go beyond a mere tick-box compliance approach to data protection. There are lessons to be learned here; those who take a more proactive stance are likely to find themselves reaping considerable business benefits. Continue reading

Asking the Right Questions for Public Cloud Peace of Mind

by Ross Dyer

March 2014: mark it well in your diaries because it just might come to be regarded as a turning point in the global adoption of public cloud computing services. It was the month when Google and Amazon embarked on a fierce price war, cutting cloud storage costs by almost 70%. Last week Google was at it again, announcing a 47% cut in network egress charges; a 23% drop in Big Query storage prices; a 79% cut in persistent disk snapshot costs; and a 48% reduction in persistent disk SSD charges. Continue reading