Our Data Security Predictions for 2017

‘this year has been a year of high profile hack after high profile hack. It seems we still are to learn the lessons of the vital role of data security procedures in order to keep ourselves safe’, says Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security company, Digital Pathways. Here, Tankard outlines his predictions for the data security world in 2017.

Are you classifying your data?

All organisations handle information that is sensitive and confidential, which provides them with a competitive advantage. The need to secure information is more pressing than ever, with increasingly prescriptive mandates that demand protection for information and, increasingly, sophisticated criminals for whom such information is a goldmine, writes Colin Tankard, pictured, Managing Director, Digital Pathways, a data management product company.

Opportunities and Threats. The downside of Faster Connectivity

Alongside more efficient network services must come increased vigilance, education, and higher levels of security systems.

The UK Chancellor’s investment plans for the country’s digital infrastructure and fibre networks set out in this week’s Autumn Statement is good news for those involved in the development of smart cities but should also come with a warning believe some members of the community.

Smart Buildings Need Joined-Up Security

Today, much discussion in the technology world revolves around the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions of things will be interconnected over IP networks. Gartner estimates that, as of 2015, smart homes and commercial buildings made up 45% of the IoT.

Smart Buildings are often run using building automation systems that are used to centrally control areas such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and lifts.

Blackmail for a digital age

Ransomware is a particularly malicious form of malware that gains access to a user’s system and then proceeds to prevent them from accessing their own data. In some cases, the files on the system are encrypted so as to be irretrievable without the key and, in others, access is simply denied to the device’s owner. In both situations the hacker will demand a ransom is paid to un-encrypt the files or have access given back to the user. You could say it is traditional blackmail revolutionised for a digital age.

The Interconnected World

Wherever you have technology that is able to connect to a network, there is the very real risk of cyber-crime.

The emergence of the IoT and the dawning of the Interconnected Home, is set to revolutionise the way we live our lives.

Is your building a hack risk?

The word smart is often applied to devices that are enhanced through Internet connectivity, with the best-known example currently being Smartphones that have transformed the way that we communicate. Such technology is also helping to make buildings smarter.

Smart buildings incorporate the use of building automation systems that provide automated, networked control over factors that include heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. With all these systems interconnected, building performance can be optimised; creating much greater operational efficiency.

Securing Small and Medium-Size Businesses

It seems that barely a week goes by without the revelation that yet another large, high-profile organisation has been breached, with millions of records being stolen. It would be easy to imagine that hackers are attracted only by big-name firms with huge databases just begging to be ransacked. But as Colin Tankard, MD of Digital Pathways, points out in this interview, organisations of all sizes are at risk.

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What will the General Data Protection Regulation mean to the UK post Brexit?

Colin Tankard, managing director of data security company Digital Pathways, believes that following Brexit the UK may not adopt the regulation but rather modify its existing UK Data Protection Act.

Publication of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU regulation is expected sometime this month. Many of those for whom data plays a key part in their daily lives are wondering if the vote to leave will mean it will still be imposed on UK companies.