What Do Tech Industry Leaders Have to Say about Data Privacy Day

Alan Conboy, CTO at Scale Computing:

“Data Privacy Day serves as a significant reminder to the technology industry that securing your data is of utmost importance. As more organizations are moving their workloads to edge and hyperconverged environments, companies are looking to protect and recover these workloads. Backup and disaster recovery used to simply be good business practices. Now, for many industries, they are a big part of regulatory compliance. Data is more valuable than ever before and how data is managed and protected is increasingly being regulated by law. Platforms that include a variety of backup and disaster recovery features including snapshots, replication, failover, failback and cloud Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service are key.”

Steve Blow, Tech Evangelist at Zerto:
Steve Blow, Tech Evangelist at Zerto
Steve Blow, Tech Evangelist at Zerto

“All businesses know by now that they need to priorities data protection – there’s certainly enough headline scare stories of data leaks, outages and ransomware attacks that should have persuaded them over the past year. Adding to this is the modern consumer perspective of ‘there’s no excuse for downtime, or the loss of data’. Businesses need to be focusing on ensuring they are resilient against the many threats facing data today, to prove to their customers they are taking data protection seriously.

“The adoption of the latest technology, with innovative new approaches, has led to this number of both planned and unplanned disruptions in a business rising. Combating this means companies need to start looking outside of traditional backup capabilities to keep the business online; they need to choose a modern, resilience approach that can utilize continuous data protection.

“This, paired with the ability to orchestrate and automate the mobility of applications to the ideal infrastructure, will enable businesses to have more than just their customers’ data protected. Organizations will become completely IT resilient, protecting data, infrastructure and reputation – without the downtime.”

Trevor Bidle, Vice President, Information Security and Compliance Officer at US Signal:
Trevor Bidle, Vice President, Information Security and Compliance Officer at US Signal
Trevor Bidle, Vice President, Information Security and Compliance Officer at US Signal

“Cyber attacks regularly made headline news in 2018, and no organization wants to be at the center of one. Data Privacy Day serves as an important reminder for every organization to perform an assessment of their own vulnerabilities. Organizations need to understand how much data they need to maintain, the sensitivity level of the data and where the sensitive data is stored. A backup from three years ago will do no good if an organization is targeted by cyber attackers, and that’s why a backup schedule that ensures data is available from a period far enough back to restore prior to the issue is necessary. No one can predict when a disaster – natural or man-made – will occur, so having a restoration plan that is documented, tested and understood by all employees involved will keep organizations safe no matter what happens.”

Alex Fielding, interim CEO at Ripcord:

“People mostly think of data privacy from a perspective of content that is already digitally accessible, but one of the risks that is not discussed enough is the amount of data that’s exposed and vulnerable because it’s stored on paper or exiled in data sources like backup tapes, optical media, hard drives and even microfilm.

“Data Privacy Day should be a reminder to legal, financial services and other global industries that they must take steps to digitize and extract PII in these less than accessible data sources and automate reporting for compliance with SOX, GDPR, the California Consumer Privacy Act and other regulations.”

Gary Watson, CTO at StorCentric and Founder at Nexsan:
Gary Watson, CTO at StorCentric and Founder at Nexsan
Gary Watson, CTO at StorCentric and Founder at Nexsan

“The notion of data protection might be starting to sound repetitive, but it is still top of the business agenda. IT security threats come in all different shapes and sizes, and just as quickly as we put up barriers, cyber criminals find new ways to break through. Businesses need to have confidence in their recovery strategy; relying alone on the traditional ways of backing up data is not sufficient. Organizations need to ensure everything is protected including the data, finances and the organization’s reputation. Threat detection software is only half the battle, keep in mind ‘what if any attack succeeds?’ and ensure there is a second line of defense in place that can offer a comprehensive range of security features, from encryption through to backup, hardened archiving, and recovery. Alongside product investment, take the time to educate employees on the latest threats, which in turn will build confidence.”

Todd Kelly, CSO at Cradlepoint:
Todd Kelly, CSO at Cradlepoint
Todd Kelly, CSO at Cradlepoint

“Data Privacy Day shines the light on how data is fast becoming the new currency of our economy, which makes how well we manage and protect it a central consideration. The majority of corporate networks are still not fully equipped to manage this change. Most depend on perimeter-based security architectures connected by wires. However, forward thinking CIOs are taking a more uniform approach to securing their data in transit by using a range of new technologies to transform their WANs, including 4G & 5G LTE, cloud-based management and orchestration, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and zero trust IoT network architectures.  These technologies enable companies to build self-optimizing and self-repairing WANs that can provide the connectivity, agility and availability they need – all while meeting the security standards that are essential for GDPR compliance.”


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