Author: James Pattinson

The Daily Data Dangers on the Endpoint

When we think about data security, we often think about big nameless groups of hackers banging at the ‘door’, trying to find a way inside the network. The truth is, while this Hollywood-ized view of data security highlights the challenges in protecting data from hackers, it doesn’t speak the full truth. The real truth is that it’s a combination of all the ‘little things’ we do each day that are truly putting data at risk, exposing it outright, losing it or opening those doors for hackers.

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Data Loss Winners and Losers of 2015

It’s safe to say that 2015 will be remembered as the year corporate data loss entered the mainstream. It seems like every week there was news around another major data breach or cyber attack. Indeed, throughout the course of the year many records were broken – and not in a good way. This year, there have been 766 data breaches affecting a total of 177,840,420 records, more than double the records breached in 2014. And that’s only the breaches we know about or whose numbers have been disclosed.

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How the Work-Life Blur Affects Data Security

People now expect to be able to work whenever and wherever we are. This is, in part, due to a demographic shift within the workplace. Millennials, adults now aged 18-34, are the single largest generation in the workforce. Millennials, as the first generation of Digital Natives, have different expectations when it comes to work. Data shows that 87% of Millennials have their smartphone with them day and night, and this blurring of “work” and “personal” time has a huge impact on data security.

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How the NHS Should Prepare for the EU GDPR

Government Officials in the UK have been facing ongoing backlash over their ability to protect citizen information following a string of data breaches over the past few years. Most recently, East Sussex NHS Trust came under fire for misplacing a memory stick containing the personal data of 3,000 of its patients. The ICO has levied more than £5 million worth of civil monetary penalties against the public sector, with these fines set to increase with the finalization of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR), which will come into effect in 2017.

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