I just finished up a lengthy tour through Latin America and Asia, as described in many of my latest blogs. Most recently I was in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). I had the opportunity to work with various government agencies, organizations within critical infrastructure and general enterprise businesses across ANZ. Their primary topic of interest: big data. More specifically, they were interested in determining what needs to be part of a successful big data security strategy.Years ago some organizations throughout ANZ viewed cyber security in the same way they viewed physical security in response to nation-state threats. Because ANZ has a land and sea gap physically separating them from other countries, there was a feeling of separation and protection from the nefarious activities that might be happening around the world. Of course others realized, as almost all do today, that cyber attacks have greater range than a jet fighter or ICBM regardless of whether they’re perpetrated … [Read more...] about Big data security context
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Your users probably understand the importance of safeguarding the data on their computers. But they don't always realize that some of that data is contained in Outlook. Here are a few suggestions you can share with them to help them protect that Outlook data.Note: Since Exchange servers control certain options, users may need to check with their administrator if they run into something that's unavailable. Also, some of the options discussed here are available only to Exchange clients. If users are running Outlook on a contained system, those options won't be available. This information is also available as a PDF download.#1: Protect private itemsIf you're running Outlook on an Exchange server, you can mark some items as private when you create them. Other people can see the item, but not its details. For instance, if you create a private appointment, other users will see only Private Appointment. Other users won't be able to open the appointment to glean more information. To create a … [Read more...] about 10 tips for helping users keep Outlook data secure
Last week, in association with the release of Microsoft Office 365, I asked a simple poll question: Is it practical to run your business via online subscription services? After seeing this article from Zack Whittaker over on sister-site ZDNet, "Microsoft Admits Patriot Act Can Access EU-based Cloud Data," I am wondering if I should have asked about data security.I am not trying to be an alarmist. After all, it is a fact that your data can be accessed by government agencies exercising appropriate authority at any time, whether it is in the cloud or in your basement server room. For cloud users, the difference is in the "knowing" your data is compromised.When the FBI shows up at your door, flashes a warrant in your face, and then removes servers (not always the correct ones) from the premises, you will notice. In the cloud, unless your service provider shares the information, you may never know. This gets complicated because the rules about such things can be very different depending on … [Read more...] about There is no absolute data security anywhere: can you accept that?
Imagine standing on a city street corner in the not-too-distant future, and an app on your phone can determine that you're angry, based on your facial expression. On your wrist is a wearable device that shows your heart rate is elevated, and your arm is raised. The smart glasses you're wearing have facial recognition, and identify the person you're with. The app on your companion's smartphone, and their own wearable device, show a similar angry expression and an elevated heart rate. An inference can be made that you're fighting with this person and that data is stored away for future reference, since nearby building cameras could be accessed to show the actual scene, if needed in court for a potential criminal case.If this sounds farfetched, it's not. The amount of data being collected by just the wearable device on your wrist is simply astounding. Damien Mehers, a wearables developer who built the Evernote app for Pebble and the Samsung Galaxy Gear, said, "Especially with the fitness … [Read more...] about The scary truth about data security with wearables
Ransomware by any definition is a criminal cheap shot, taking advantage of unsuspecting individuals by blocking access to computing systems and/or important files. What's more, users have few proactive defense options that are effective. Thankfully, that is changing with the advent of Data-Protection and Backup (DPB) software platforms. DPB software incorporates ransomware detection and data-protection elements into backup software. The idea is the platform will detect the attack, stop it, and reset the system and affected files. If that is not possible, the system files and data can be restored using the last safe backup version. The theory sounds good; however, because it's relatively new, discerning individuals are going to want proof that DPB software systems do what is advertised. This is where the experts at AV-TEST come in. SEE: Cybersecurity ebook: The ransomware battle (Tech Pro Research) Seeing a need, AV-TEST engineers developed an evaluation program to put DPB software … [Read more...] about AV-TEST reveals the best backup and data security software
Businesses can no longer afford the risk of storing important data only on their computers. More than ever, data has become a business' lifeblood in today's technological world, and protecting it is critical. While businesses once relied on magnetic tape, floppy discs and other practices to ensure data was protected, today the majority are using online data backup. Online data backup is a way to give business owners security in knowing that all critical data — project information, payroll details, customer and client information, etc. — is being stored and saved in an offsite location should their computer be damaged or stolen, or their business be inaccessible due to fire, floods or any other disaster. Most online data backup services offer a variety of backup options, including automatic backups, in which data is constantly being backed up without the need for user input or help.Other popular features that most online backup services offer include archiving, … [Read more...] about Online Data Backup: A Small Business Guide
With businesses reliant on computers for nearly every task, few things could be worse for a business owner than a hard drive crash. Losing all of their important files and data could have a devastating impact on most organizations. To prevent such a disaster, many business owners use online data backup services to ensure that even if their computers do break down, their files will always be safe and secure. In case of a hard drive crash, online data backup services give business owners immediate access to their files from any other computer that is connected to the Web, as well as via mobile devices. When choosing an online data backup service, business owners should look for several things. The service they select should include automatic backups, archiving, incremental backups and file managers. The best online backup services should also offer an intuitive user interface, and it should be simple to set up automatic transfers and syncing. Business owners should also concern … [Read more...] about The Best Services Online Data Backup Services
As the volume of electronic documents mounts for most businesses, they increasingly face the question of where to store it all. While businesses were previously forced to store their digital files on their own computers and in-house servers, many companies now find benefits in moving their documents to online storage providers. Pete Lamson, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for online data storage provider Carbonite, said cloud storage allows small businesses to save their data offsite in a secure location. "Online data storage and backup solutions are ideal for small businesses because they require a low investment (no equipment to buy), protect the business against disaster, allow employees to access data remotely and are scalable — all at a low cost," Lamson told Business News Daily. "In recent years, the lowering cost of storage has allowed small businesses to take advantage of technology that was previously only available to large enterprises." While many … [Read more...] about Online Data Storage: Is It Right for Your Business?
Employees used to have to stay in their offices to get work done, but online data storage is changing that. Saving important files in the cloud gives employees the freedom to work from anywhere there is an Internet connection.Rather than storing files on an in-house server that can only be accessed from inside the office or via a high-cost virtual private network, online data storage services allow businesses of all sizes to store their documents on servers in the cloud. This gives small business owners and their employees the luxury of accessing that information from not only their office computers, but also their home computers and mobile devices.Small business owners who have made the move to online data storage, or cloud storage, cite numerous benefits from the switch. Karen Swim, president of the public relations and marketing communications firm Words for Hire, said online data storage saves her time."Using cloud file storage allows me to effortlessly move between systems … [Read more...] about The Best Online Data Storage Services
For small businesses, cloud services are the preferred method of storing digital data. While they used to rely on in-house servers to store their growing collections of online files, many small businesses are now transferring those services to online data storage services, such as JustCloud or Dropbox. Small businesses experience a number of benefits from storing their data in the cloud, including cost savings and the ability to access data from anywhere with an internet connection. Editor’s Note: Use the questionnaire below to have our sister site, BuyerZone, provide you with information from a variety of vendors for free:Here are eight of the biggest benefits small businesses say they get from using online data storage.Online storage data allows employees to work from anywhere there is an internet connection, which is a huge benefit to Matthew Vollmar, CEO of managed IT services provider Newmind Group. He said his staff is no longer limited by location."It provides … [Read more...] about 8 Benefits of Online Data Storage