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Should You Encrypt Data Before it Goes to the Cloud?

  American cloud service providers such as Microsoft are opening local data centers in foreign countries at the request of the respective foreign governments and customers located in those countries. The thinking behind this strategy is that data located in a particular country is subject to the country’s data privacy laws, which may be different from those in effect in...

Can Two-Factor Authentication Keep Your Company's Data Safe?

A lack situational awareness is hurting the ability of companies and the public sector to adequately protect sensitive information. Intellectual property, sensitive business data, personally identifiable information and infrastructure access, are at risk. Situational awareness in the context of cybersecurity involves the following three areas: Effective management of...

Security certifications (Part 2): Total product certification

Common Criteria certificate ensure that there is no gap in data protection according to the solution's security profile. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 556 million personal records are stolen every year, which means that 18 people experience the theft of their sensitive information every second. These statistics paint a bleak picture for businesses...

I have “nothing to hide”! Why should I care about Government surveillance?

I f you don't have anything to hide, then why would you object if the police come to your home to search and take pictures of your documents without your permission? Unfortunately for you as a consumer, the discussion regarding data protection is often focused on corporations and what they can do to prevent hackers from accessing mission-critical communications and...

Does Data Residency Reduce Cloud Risks?

Countries are establishing data residency regulation to protect private and classified data generated from their citizen by mandating storing this information within that country (the country of origin). The theory is that the laws of the country in which the data is stored apply to that data. Large cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce are opening cloud...

Security certifications (part 1): What are the differences?

  Data security is one the most important aspects of digital business in today's IT ecosystem, as organizations continue to experience breach after breach. Unfortunately - like other technological solutions - enterprises, individuals and other entities are often confused by, uncertain of or misunderstand technobabble, system specifications and certificates. After all,...

How to evaluate and select the best encryption services

Encryption is necessary after all, so the only discussions about this technology and these services should be about choosing a solution. When to comes to truly protecting data, encryption is a no-brainer. In fact, some industry regulations require that businesses and associations encrypt specific information. Health care is a great example of this, but organizations in...

Government backdoor: The basics of the plan to bypass encryption

The government want the ability to conduct surveillance on encrypted communications. No matter how much law firms invest in data loss prevention and information protection, the government wants to be able to access private, personal and corporate data whenever it wants. The Washington Post reported that for months now, federal law enforcement agencies and other...

How to reduce the risk of Data Breach Notification

The storing and processing of data sets that contain personally identifiable information (PII) is increasingly regulated and is subject to onerous notification requirements when data breaches occur. Such data includes health information, financial data and legal records. When your business stores or processes this information and when it can be linked to a particular...

How can we use the cloud and comply with global privacy laws?

The cloud clearly provides a number of benefits for businesses and associations, but as many are aware, remaining compliant with regional, federal and industry law and regulations is a major challenge. For decades, organizations have kept control over their data and customers' information as it was simply stored in on-premise data centers. Now, cloud services are the de...