Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

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International data privacy regulations can be complex and ever-changing. The invalidation of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice, and the ongoing negotiations about its replacement, means than many companies are now forced to rethink their approach to information governance, without the certainty of knowing exactly which regulations they will need to comply with.

Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can...

By Gary Weiss, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

US increases data centre dominance, research finds

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The US has continued to grow its data centre footprint moving further ahead of China and Japan, according to the latest analyst note from Synergy Research.

Almost half (46%) of major cloud and internet data centre sites are now based in the US, according to the research, up from 44% when the last analysis was conducted back in October. China, previously accounting for one in 10 data...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Prepare for change

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The EU’s wide-ranging rules on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are set to significantly impact all businesses, whether in the EU or further abroad. From 2018, any organisation that collects, uses or shares personal information about European citizens will have to demonstrate compliance with the hotly contested law. This includes using various techniques to ensure that the protection of data is built into the design and infrastructure of an organisation by default.

Securing the data...

By Iain Chidgey, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Enterprises given another warning over cloud app GDPR compliance

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More than 4% of enterprises have put their data at risk by sanctioning cloud apps laced with malware, according to research released by cloud security provider Netskope.

The study, which uses anonymised data from millions of users in the global Neskope Active Platform, found 88% of apps used were not enterprise-ready, while almost half (43%) of apps analysed keep data for more than a week after the service has ended, going against the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

A five step crisis plan to prepare for the pending data protection legislation

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The clock is officially ticking for organisations to get their data protection policies in order, now that the final draft and approved text have been made available for the General Data Protection Regulation to replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive.

The new regulation is expected to come into effect in 2018 and will require businesses to put a much stricter focus on data protection. The headline items for organisation that collect or process EU citizen records are:

  • They must notify their supervisory authority of a data breach...

By Neil Thacker, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

How to ensure enterprise cloud app use complies with the GDPR

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After months of fine tuning and approvals from various bodies, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost upon us.

When the GDPR finally becomes law in spring of this year after passing a final stage of approval, organisations will have two years to comply with the regulation. Two years might seem plenty of time, but the complex picture of cloud use in modern enterprises means that GDPR compliance will be a challenge. A recent Netskope and YouGov survey found that...

Why data security in the cloud is your responsibility

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Concerns about data security have always been one of the key inhibitors for the take-up of cloud – yet its rapid growth in the last year suggests that such fears now are being overcome.

In many cases, they were overstated and were more about overall supplier risk management, which relies on the supplier’s financial security and terms of contract. With appropriate due diligence cloud can actually provide improved data...

By Richard Blanford, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Businesses not convinced of keeping up with EU data protection regulation

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Only one in five companies say they are confident of complying with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to new research released by Netskope.

Worryingly the research, which polled more than 500 businesses, found a similar number (21%) expect their cloud providers to handle compliance obligations on their behalf – a fact which is not the case according to the wording of the GDPR.

Only 7% of businesses polled said they had a solution in place for...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy.

How cloud providers are fighting the data sovereignty fight for European customers

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For many US-centric cloud providers, Europe is quickly becoming a fierce battleground for their business. Earlier this week, Oracle announced plans to recruit up to 1400 cloudy salespeople across EMEA, while data centres are popping up all over the continent, from Microsoft’s commitment to the UK by the end of 2016 to IBM SoftLayer

By James Bourne, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

What the Safe Harbour ruling means for your business in 2016

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The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was declared invalid by the European Court of...

By Frank Krieger, 28 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty.