Cyber security should be as reflexive as putting on a seatbelt
The protection of privacy and data is everyone’s priority. It is the responsibility of consumers to ensure that the organisations they trust their data to are trustworthy. It is the responsibility of businesses and other organisations to ensure that they respect the data they have been entrusted with.
January 28th is Data Protection Day, an international day to raise awareness about the importance of data protection. Are you aware of how much information is freely available about you? Have you taken significant steps to ensure any data held is looked after, valued and protected? If your business collects anything more than a name, you must ensure you adequately protect the information you have been entrusted with. Equally, careful thought should always be given to whether information should be collected in the first place and what it is intended to be used for. The alternative is to risk being in breach of the Data Protection Act and potentially expose your organisation to serious financial and legal consequences. As an example, in 2009, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, displayed a nonchalant attitude to ensuring the privacy of consumer information by saying “If you have something you don’t want people to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” 3 years later Google was fined over $20m for failing to adhere to privacy law and continues to face penalties from a number of European countries including England, Spain and France.
The Journal of Science in 2011, calculated that all the information in the world is equal to over 250 Exabytes. There are 1 billion Gigabytes in 1 Exabyte. 1 Gigabyte is equal to 20 filing cabinets. Now, how much data does your business hold? Even the smallest business has been entrusted with a lot of customer and private data, so in today’s world; it has never been more important to protect privacy.
If taken offsite, or accessible remotely, data must be stored in an encrypted format or it is rendered vulnerable to theft, potentially resulting in privacy being compromised. Recently there have been a number of high profile media cases, such as the Adobe data breach, where illicit access was gained to customer information that had been stored unencrypted. All of Redstor’s cloud services utilise strong encryption to protect against data leakage or theft.
With Redstor Online Backup for example, you choose your at rest encryption method (256-AES being the most common) and your encryption key, allowing you to choose your level of security and make your data unreadable to everyone, including Redstor, who will never ask for your key. This form of encryption is highly resistant to brute force methods of decryption. In addition, all data is transmitted between your site and Redstor's datacentres encrypted using 128-bit SSL to add an additional layer of security.
In today’s world there are more connected devices than there are people; creating ever growing challenges around cyber security and data protection. For this reason, it is fundamental for companies to put sufficient thought into ensuring data privacy to guarantee appropriate protection for their customers and themselves.Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor’s offerings and we ensure that the burden of maintaining compliance with the Data Protection Act is made easier and can be achieved more cost-effectively. Redstor help organisations address challenges in remote backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our file sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised endpoint management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].
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