5 Ways to Protect Company Data Throughout its Lifecycle

The need to protect company data is growing ever more urgent in order to protect your business from falling victim of a data breach. This urgency is even more apparent as new data protection regulations, under the banner of the GDPR, are set to come into place next year. However, with so much information and advice available, it can be difficult to know what you should actually listen to and follow. These 5 steps are some of the best ways you can ensure the protection of your company data throughout its lifecycle.

How To Protect Company Data – Our Top 5 Methods

  1. Define Your Data Security Policy

5 Data Governance Best Practices Your Business Needs To Follow

Every business, no matter the size, needs to practice a data governance program to ensure the security and integrity of their data. Your company’s data is one of your most valuable assets, so managing it correctly is vital. Not only is your data vital to the day to day functioning of your business, it is also crucial for inspiring the creation of new products and services. To help you manage your data effectively and securely, follow these five data governance best practices.


What the GDPR means for IT Disposal

The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, will come into force in May 2018. The regulation, set by European Parliament, intends to strengthen and unify data protection regulations across the EU. Much of what the new regulation legislates for is covered by the UK’s current Data Protection Act, but there are some important elements you need to be aware of when it comes to disposing of your business’s data and IT assets.


Security Limitations of the Solid State Drive

The expansion and innovation of storage mediums has been a priority since the start of personal computing. While some of the traditional hard drives, HDDs, have remained much the same for over 50 years, faster and more efficient storage technologies, such as SSDs, have become available and are becoming more and more popular. However, as efficient as they might be, these new SSDs aren’t risk free, but what exactly are the security limitations of using solid state drives?


The Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal: Regulations

In a previous blog post, The Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal: Data Security, we covered the threat posed to data security by free IT disposal. A data security breach is not the only risk you run when choosing a free IT disposal service provider however, as there are a number of legally binding industry regulations which also need to be observed when disposing of IT assets.

In part two of our ‘Dangers of Free IT Asset Disposal’ series we take a closer look at some of the regulations which govern the disposal of IT assets, and ask whether a free ITAD provider can be entrusted to comply with them.


How to Dispose of a Company Computer Securely

In today’s increasingly digital world, computers are indispensable to most companies. Not only do they allow employees to do their jobs, computers are also used to store sensitive data about the company, its employees and its clients. This means that when your company needs to dispose of their computers, either because of a malfunction, or a company upgrade, they must ensure that they do so securely. Currently, failure to do this could put you at risk of breaching the Data Protection Act 1998, which could have severe financial, legal and reputational consequences – and post May 2018 the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will replace the UK’s Data Protection Act, now that the UK government has confirmed the decision to leave the EU, will not change the adoption of this new regulation.


What should you look for in an ITAD?

The things to consider

Whether you are relocating, refreshing your IT estate or heading to the cloud – you will undoubtedly generate redundant IT hardware and as a result will need to ensure any residing data on that equipment is adequately erased.

When choosing to trust a new partner to manage your IT Assets and Confidential Data, you face a dilemma.  How do you know you’re making the right decision?  What criteria, industry guidance or performance measures do you work from, to ensure your decision is solid?


UK Security Breaches On The Rise – Are You Taking Action?

Unfortunately data security breaches are becoming more and more common which means that UK businesses are being forced to reevaluate their cyber security practises and data leak protection schemes. The issue of UK data security breaches is especially apparent given the fact that, in October, British Gas was the last of three companies (including Marks & Spencer and TalkTalk) to fall victim to a data breach in the space of a week. It is important that we learn from these breaches and that businesses do everything they can to avoid it happening to them.


How Much of Your Business Data is Google Tracking?

If you are like most business people, you probably utilise Google on a daily basis, using it to solve a variety of issues and answer queries. However, you may have never considered the types of data (and the amounts) that Google stores each time that you use it. While Google doesn’t make the extent of its data storage completely clear, it is not kept a secret: the data is there for you to access and remove if you wish. Here is a short list of the types of data that Google will store about your business, and how you are able to take control of the process.


Could The End of The Safe Harbour Agreement Impact Your Business Data?

The European Court of Justice has just ruled the Safe Harbour Agreement between the European and the United States invalid after Austrian law student, Max Schrems, brought it to their attention.

Schrems alerted the authorities following Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s mass surveillance operations. This decision will mean that changes are made in the way that personal data is transferred between companies, but what does it mean for individuals in Europe and the companies with which they regularly interact?


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