GDPR: The Silver Lining

ARE there four letters presently capable of generating greater fear and anxiety for organisations around the world than GDPR? Colin Tankard, managing director, Digital Pathways, seeks to alleviate those concerns

The majority of conversations surrounding the imminent arrival of GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – strike a tone similar to the way citizens were prepared for nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War. But all is not what it seems; there are definite benefits to the GDPR and here are a few of them.

Before the digital era, businesses had a finite capacity for data storage. As filing cabinets looked ‘fit to burst’, it was time to assign non-useful or irrelevant documents to the shredder. The transition from hard to digital copy left the need to maintain ‘good housekeeping’ somewhat redundant with data very much out of sight, out of mind.

But storing data is costly, as is the storage of back-ups. It is estimated that over half of all information stored and processed by organisations has an unknown commercial value, with at least a third estimated to be redundant, obsolete or trivial! Read more

GDPR: new warning about data security, including job applications

There’s a new warning being issued for estate agents and all other businesses to ensure they are prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation, coming into effect on May 25 this year.

GDPR will impact how agents collect data from prospective clients in-branch, over the telephone, and how they communicate with portal leads. In practical terms it means that communications can only contain information a client specifically consents to receive.

GDPR replaces the 1998 Data Protection law and aims to protect individuals and organisations against data breaches by reducing risks which could allow data to be exploited by hackers or others. The law will apply across the EU and will take effect in the UK irrespective of the Brexit referendum and negotiations. Read more

Securing email is essential

Colin Tankard, Managing Director, Digital Pathways, examines why email is now such an essential communications and collaboration tool for both employees and consumers

According to the Radicati Group, there are currently more than 3.7 billion people using email on a worldwide basis, which it estimates will grow to more than 4.1 billion by the end of 2021. Part of this growth is anticipated to come from the migration of premise-based mailboxes to those based in the cloud.

The development of email was a revolution in communications. As a result, email has become the single most used application for the typical corporate user and is the primary method for sending information in and out of an organisation.securing Read more

Content filtering a potential challenge in digital single market

The proposed digital single market directive is intended to harmonise e-commerce and copyright throughout the European Union, but concerns have been raised over the technological impact this would have on UK industry

Cloud storage providers often use encryption to protect their users’ content, which could hinder content filtering. “Dropbox and other cloud storage providers talk about their content being encrypted as it is going into store,” says Colin Tankard, managing director of Digital Pathways. “So the ability to actually scan that content for any licence infringement becomes impossible.” Read more

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Predictions for the Data Security Market in 2018

November 2017 by Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security company, Digital Pathways

2017 was another year of major data loss and hacks. These breaches have increased pressure on business and individuals alike, to clearly focus on the importance of securing data. Whether the warnings are heeded, remains to be seen.

Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security company, Digital Pathways, offers the following 10 predictions for the cyber market in 2018.

1. A major cloud player will be shut down for 24 hours due to a cyber attack and data loss. This will trigger users to question their existing providers as to levels of encryption, where are the keys held and who in the cloud organisation has access to the keys? This will see the growth in third party security services such as Bring Your Own Key (BOYE) will be the mantra, as companies will no longer trust a single cloud vendor and will spread their data around a number of providers to lower the overall risk of data outage.

2. IOT security will remain weak, even with the launch of light encryption. This will be due to manufacturers still using old chipsets that have security flaws.

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Uber Disaster: Here We Go Again

The revelation that the data of some 57 million Uber customers and drivers has been leaked, with the company then paying the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep quiet about it, has come as yet another ‘nail in the coffin’ to the data security strategies employed by business – both large and small.

Not only did Uber’s systems allow such a hack, they failed to disclose the breach.

Says Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security company, Digital Pathways, “ Well, here we go again! This seems to be some kind of ransom attack and of course, under the forthcoming GDPR regulations (due to take effect in 2018) such a breach would cost the company dear, some 4% of their global turnover.

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BYOE: New kid on the block

The cloud has opened up incredible opportunities and efficiency for businesses. However, with these opportunities there is also an increase in security risks. How can you be sure your data is safe in the cloud?

traditional ways of protecting data, such as passwords, firewalls and other defensive strategies are no longer enough. For greater protection, encryption protects your data from being accessed by anyone without the corresponding key.

Cloud service and storage providers have been keen to demonstrate their commitment  to securing their customers’ data. This is why many offer cloud encryption as part of their service. Read more

Are you scared of the dark?

“The websites that operate on the dark web don’t look like the sort of thing you might normally access online, according to Colin Tankard, managing director at cyber-security consultancy Digital Pathways.”

Online Safety Special

Most teachers will have heard of it – and probably associate it with criminal activity – but, asks Simon Creasey, is the dark web really something that teachers need to worry about?

What do you know about the dark web? Most teachers will have at least heard of it. They’ve been told that it is a place to buy illegal items such as guns and drugs, as well as a means of accessing all kinds of nefarious banned imagery and information, from child pornography to terrorist training manuals. Read more

Who are the attackers?

The headlines surrounding the US Presidential Elections in 2016 often had talk of hacking and subsequent leaking of embarrassing data in an effort to discredit one or the other parties. But just who is doing this?

The finger is often pointed at Russia or China. For the Russians, while they remain committed to hacking business information that will assist their competitive standing in the world, their first priority is collecting military information. In comparison, the primary objective of China’s cyber collection capability is to enable their state-owned enterprises to dominate on a global economic level. But are are all nation-state hacks from these two players? Clearly not, as Colombian hacker Andres Sepulveda claims to have used a variety of ‘dirty tricks’ to influence elections in Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, El Slavador, Colombia, Mexico,Costa Rica, Guatemala and Venezuela over the past 10 years.

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Securing Email is Essential

Why mail by electronic must never let down its guard.

Ensuring emails are secure is a concern to anyone dealing with confidential information – which of course, includes both the law and finance sectors. However, today, more than ever, it is important, rather critical, to be aware of the dangers of using the usual email systems and ways email communications can be secured with the use of an encrypted system. We dwell on how this system works, the financing of it and, indeed, its benefits.

Email is an essential communication and collaboration tool for both employees and consumers. According to the Radicati Group, there are currently more than 3.7 billion people using email on a worldwide basis, which it estimates will grow to more than 4.1 billion by the end of 2021. Part of this growth is anticipated to come from the migration of premise-based mailboxes to those based in the cloud. Read more