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What do you need to know about GDPR?

28th September 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming into effect in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Directive of 1995. But what is it? And what does it mean for your business?
The GDPR is designed to improve the safety of web users by extending the scope of current EU data protection law. In effect, this means that all foreign companies processing the data and details of EU citizens must abide by standardized EU regulations designed to keep us safe. The idea behind it all is to give power back to the individual and give people more control about how much of their personal data is stored and what it’s used for. Sounds good, right?
For the average Joe, definitely. For big businesses, not so much. As individuals, GDPR will give us a lot more power to access the information that’s held about us. At the minute, we have to pay a £10 Subject Access Request (SAR) to be given the info that’s held about us. This will be scrapped under the GDPR, with companies large and small being forced to let us know what personal data they’ve got within a month. GDPR will also allow individuals to have their data erased if the purpose it was collected for is made redundant or if the consent is withdrawn, putting power back in the hands of the people. GDPR will even enable regulators to fine companies up to four percent of their global turnover if an individual’s data is processed wrongly or accessed by a cyber-intruder in a security breach.
All of this is bound to have a huge impact on how companies store data. Security and privacy will now become the priorities for IT teams creating data storage facilities.  Encryption now becomes a must for all companies storing data lest they risk a monumental fine, meaning today’s ‘Data Administrators’ need to become Data Guardians once GDPR kicks in for their employer’s own good.
In addition to this, companies using a cloud-based storage system, or, indeed, a hybrid of on-site and cloud data storage facilities, will have to have greater contact and liaison with their service providers to ensure the personal data they hold is secure. Cloud service providers will be held equally as responsible as the respective company holding personal data should there be a breach, so it’s likely we’re about to see a greater co-operation between both entities in the future. If the incoming GDPR has you thinking about network security, get in touch with the TechCare team to find out more about our solutions.

How can you make your cloud more secure?

14th September 2017

In the ever changing world of data storage, cloud systems are increasingly becoming more popular and therefore the target of choice for online hackers and other online nasties.

In the ever changing world of data storage, cloud systems are increasingly becoming more popular and therefore the target of choice for online hackers and other online nasties. Bigger punishments for firms who can’t keep their data safe are on the horizon thanks to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which  will become law in May 2018. 71 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) now have applications in the public cloud, but how do you make your cloud more secure to guard against said threats?


WatchGuard Firebox Cloud is an easy and affordable choice to make your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) more secure in an instant. It does this, in short, by bringing WatchGuard’s leading Firebox Unified Threat Management (UTM) applications to the cloud world. Cyber-threats such as botnets, SQL injection attempts, cross-site scripting and other intrusion vectors are instantly guarded against thanks to Firebox Cloud’s outstanding security capabilities, which provide in-depth and advanced protection against anyone, or anything, trying to access your Cloud data.


In addition to this, Firebox Cloud is fully compatible with WatchGuard Dimension, the fit-for-cloud security visibility solution that was selected as Network Computing’s Best New Product of the Year. Dimension provides an array of reporting tools which pick up on new security issues and trends the instant they become apparent, delivering priceless up-to-date insights to security policies across your business and that helps keep your online data secure.


Using Amazon Web Services? Whilst this ever-popular choice for cloud storage is renowned for spending massive amounts on security and is well-known for having a safe infrastructure, some responsibility still rests with businesses in terms of their security approach to content, platform, applications and network. AWS does indeed provide an access control list (ACL) which acts as a firewall for controlling one or more subnets, but controlling access remains only a fraction of the security challenge facing businesses. Firebox Cloud eliminates the aforementioned problems and actually enhances the security of AWS by providing the capability to inspect inbound and outbound traffic with a comprehensive set of security tools which identify and protect against cyber-attacks before they become deadly.
Firebox Cloud can also offer the additional bonus of being able to make your Cloud safer for the right price with a choice of small, medium, large and extra-large products available depending on the size of your security needs. What’s more, you can access a free trial of WatchGuard Firebox’s extensive security capabilities for yourself and see first-hand the difference Firebox Cloud can do to make your cloud safer than ever.


Want to find out more? Give us a call today and see how we can improve your network security with best in class solutions to safeguard your data.
 

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