Data Security

Things you need to know about GDPR and its Compliance

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Our lives are ‘digital’ by all means. We search online, shop online and while we do all these routine daily ‘online’ tasks, we rarely think that we are leaving our digital footprint online. These are the impressions we leave online and are permanent and public records that can be easily recovered or retrieved. So, this leaves a lot of scope for misuse or even actual data theft. Personal data that users store in digital spaces is therefore at a risk.

This is exactly where GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into action. GDPR brings with it a unified approach to solve this and defines clearer requirements and highlights what ‘personal data’ is, and also defines steeper penalties for not being compliant.

So, what does it mean for a user and how does it impact businesses?

As a user, GDPR allows you more control over how your data is collected and used. It also allows you to delete or edit any data at any time for any reason.

As a business, GDPR insists that you receive clear consent to collect and use personal data as well as what kind of data you are collecting and how long you’re keeping it. This essentially means that you as a business are more accountable for the safety of the data you collect and must be able to demonstrate compliance. There will be severe penalties for data breaches and if anything you collect is used to identify a person in any way.

If your business collects user data in any form, it entitles them to know the following:

  • What data is being collected
  • How is it kept
  • For what purposes is it collected
  • How long you’re keeping it

These rights apply regardless of where the data is processed and where the company is established.

As a business, it is hence important to gain clarity on the information you hold and why. It’s essential to know why you need to process such data. It’s the responsibility of an organization to determine how you will acquire and revoke individuals’ consent to share the data, edit it and remove it if required.

How will GDPR impact online marketing and advertising?

GDPR and the changes in the privacy policy will change the perspective of online marketing and advertising. Well, as per the regulations, the marketers and advertisers cannot gather personal user data and use it for business purposes without their consent. In such a scenario, lead generation and email databases could be one of the modes of data breaches. So, there will have to be featured for ‘opt-ins’ and users will have the choice to stay or leave!

GDPR will bring about a lot of changes in the way data is processed in the ‘online’ business spaces.

Android

Mobile Security Tweaks For Enterprise Data

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As more and more employees go mobile every day, enterprises find it increasingly difficult to keep the security knots tight and save the enterprise data from being compromised due to cyber attacks. Employees using mobile devices also access data and sensitive information that is stored on enterprise servers and cloud. But, cyber attackers pave their way through backend systems and the cloud.

Some of the mobile apps intentionally pull data from mobile devices. This information is usually user location, calendar entries, access to iCloud storage, etc. Enterprise data that is accessed through such phones are at a huge risk of leaks. Mobile apps are considered as the easiest targets for security breaches and enterprise data theft. Even certain legitimate apps are of high risk when it comes to enterprise data. Here are a few mobile security tweaks for securing your enterprise data

Connect to secure networks              

When you use the same mobile device for work and home and other public places, it’s not a practical choice to connect to public wi-fi. Unsecured wi-fi is always a threat and data can be easily intercepted.

Downloading apps from app stores

Downloading third-party apps is the easiest way to put your mobile device and enterprise data it is connected to – at risk. It is advised to download only legitimate apps from app stores.

Prevent your device from getting rooted

Although this feature allows more access and control over your device, it also allows unsigned apps to access your data and leaves your device vulnerable.

Data protection measures

Mobile OS such as Android and iOS come with preinstalled security measures. There are also ways in which you can encrypt your device and protect confidential information as well as corporate data.

Security apps

It’s always recommended to use security apps specifically those that offer anti-theft features such as remote wipe out, tracking as well as locking.

Strengthen passwords and permissions

Passwords and app permissions are a great way of limiting access to the apps that have confidential information.

Caution and care definitely bring down the threat and keeps your enterprise data more safe and secure.

BlockChain

The future of blockchain

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Today, society and the global economy are largely dependent on the trust of powerful intermediaries such as banks, government, and large internet companies. Well, in the business world too, some of the largest companies and fortunes are made by businesses that insert themselves in the middle of transactions as trusted intermediaries and as a result extract value from the transactions. They cost a lot and they slow things down – they are too centralized.

Blockchain has a different kind of trust. It is decentralized and managed by the public so there is no one entity that can manipulate or control it. That’s what makes it more trustworthy. It is foreseen as the technology to look out for in the future.

Although until today it has been widely used in the field of finance, there are a number of industries that can make use of this technology.

Banks

As mentioned earlier, the blockchain technology in the future will be widely adopted by banks. Cryptographically secured currencies will be widely used. It could be used to bypass today’s centralized financial infrastructure entirely.

Industries

Industries are also realizing that one of the core innovations of blockchain is its ability to reduce or eliminate trusted counterparts in the transaction processes. Blockchain could have the potential to create new opportunities to disrupt existing technologies and create new opportunities and processes.

Government

Blockchain could also be used to distribute social welfare in developing nations. Well, elections are currently an expensive and arduous affair. This technology could transform the way this process works too.

The blockchain revolution completely resets the equation of power, technology, and businesses. It provides a lot more value and re-engineers the way of conducting business. Although it is not seen as a replacement for any particular technology, in the near future, it will definitely be seen as a promising value addition to the entire mix of things!