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"Cyberattacks are an opportunity in themselves."
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German companies and decision-makers are still hesitant when it comes to the digital transformation of their businesses. Especially in an international comparison, Germany is lagging behind. Innovations are only implemented when an (international) proof of concept has been provided. Where does this hesitation come from? 

Neff: I don't quite share this opinion in practice. Often it is not obvious to the outside world in which stages the digital transformation is taking place. The big success is still the unachieved goal, but many sub-areas - even those of the public sector - are...

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IT Security 2018: These were the 3 big concerns of IT managers
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Thinking of the IT security incidents of 2018, threats like Spectre, Coinhive and Scarab come to mind. These were events that were covered by the media and attracted widespread attention. And they were examples that made it clear that IT security in companies is more relevant than ever before. But do these incidents also reflect the issues that most interest IT decision-makers? An exclusive flash study by itsecurity-xpert.com now provides insightful answers. In cooperation with the B2B platform selfcampaign, we have scrutinised the online behaviour of IT decision-makers. The study is based...

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Is GDPR an inhibition?
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018. These are a set of regulations governing how companies in Europe collect and use data they receive from their consumers. It aims at giving consumers more control over how their data is being collected and used. While these regulations aim at making companies more responsible, there are fears that it may hinder innovation.


Why GDPR may be a hindrance

GDPR has been on the works for a while. It aimed at updating the Data Protection Directive that came into place in 1995. This means that some of the decisions...

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Dangers of Insider Threats to companies data
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When it comes to cyber security threats, insider threats rank amongst the top culprits. One of the main reasons they are dangerous is because companies give more priority to other frequent threats such as malware attacks, hacking, and ransomware attacks among others. In addition, insider attacks may not be entirely malicious, with most of them being accidental. However, in this age of technological advancement where we are witnessing unprecedented growth in cloud storage, companies face even bigger threats in ensuring their data is safe.


How it happens

It can accidentally happen when...

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Businesses are becoming lazy in securing their data
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The increased number of data breaches over the past one year should be enough to worry many organisations around the world. Last year's statistics by Gemalto point to nearly 1.4 billion data breaches annually. 

Apparently, many organisations will only take appropriate measures to secure their data after a data breach has already occurred. An obvious example is that a majority of IT experts employed by many organisations still believe that perimeter security is still effective at keeping hackers out of their networks. This is according to the findings of Gemalto's latest report...

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Enterprises Unprepared for GDPR
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU data security and privacy law, officially approved as the law in April 2016, and slated to come into effect by May 2018, will shake up enterprises in a big way.

Enterprises, on whom the burden of compliance falls, have a long way to go. A recent survey from Experian and the Ponemon Institute reveals only 24 percent of companies surveyed say they have a high degree of readiness to adhere to the GDPR, and 59 percent of respondents do not understand what they need to do to comply in the first place. Nevertheless, compliance is expedient....

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Do you even know yet who is accessing your systems?
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Many companies say that the threat from hackers and viruses is the biggest risk to their IT structure. Major efforts are appropriately put in and investments are made in the construction and operation of firewalls and encryptions. IT security companies warn against another hazard, which has a significant potential risk and is primarily home-grown. The problem is that more and more companies are losing track of the persons who are assigned online access rights.

One reason for this is the fact that many companies neglect their duty to ensure the safety of their data even internally. A prime...

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Data protection must be reconsidered continually
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Thorough research by the author Raoul Egeli has shown that the European Union intends to tighten data protection. But rather than tie the hands of the tireless data gatherers Google and Facebook, medium-sized companies will be robbed of their creditor protection capabilities. Thus, the EU is endangering the economy.

Private persons are entitled to prevent enquiries regarding their payment behaviour. Thus, small companies who trade on the internet are forced to ask for prepayment. This, in turn, can act as a deterrent and orders go to large internet companies who can afford a payment default....

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How could service provider respond to the data protection scandals of the past?
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The big trouble about the NSA-affair and the following scandals are gone away now. But even if the media is not pushing this anymore, its not done yet, like the news show that are popping up again all the time. A lot of companies try to give a statement about this affairs and try to find their new position with this damaged market image.

Especially German companies do profit from the laws and regulations in Germany. These regulations were seen as pain points in the past, because sometime they look much to hard and troublesome, but now Germany has an image as a big guardian of data and data...

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5 Security tips for the new year
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There are a lot of new years resolutions we want to be successful in 2014. You wanna loose some weight, make more sports, spend more time with friends and family, start a new lifestyle and much more. But whats about your new years resolutions for 2014 depending your IT-usage and –systems?

TÜV Trust has published some useful tips for the new year. Some of them sound like standard points, but like it is with most of the new years resolutions, everyone knows there are several things that need to be looked at, but most times these plans are nothing else than plans. Its hard to be win the battle...

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