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Insights and opinions on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity contributed by thought leaders from around the world.

Developments in Indonesia’s Personal Data Protection

Indonesia boasts one of the fastest growing economies in South East Asia. However, rapid growth has not been followed by robust development on the regulatory side, particularly in the case of specific rules regarding personal data protection. Authors Zacky Zainal Husein and Andin Aditya Rahman argue that clear definitions are paramount in setting the tone of any regulations, including Indonesia’s upcoming personal data protection rules. The article discusses how “personal data” is defined in the draft rules and the potential…

Breaking Down the Walls – Challenge for Data Protection Officers

In this article, we examine how regulators in Asia are mandating the appointment of Data Protection Officers and how these appointees form only one part of a team that must be tasked with not only ensuring the integrity of data, but also in responding to breaches of security. We also touch on the consequences of team members not familiarising themselves with their individual roles and responsibilities.

Ten Privacy and Data Security Mistakes Start-Ups Should Avoid (Part II)

Most technology start-up companies lack the experience and resources needed to manage the plethora of security, privacy, and compliance issues inherent in a growing technology business. Nevertheless, the legal and business implications of poorly managed privacy and data security practices are too important to ignore. A single error can undermine the trust of investors and customers, attract unwanted regulatory attention or litigation, and ultimately, derail a start-up’s success.

Should Companies in Asia Engage the Global Community of Independent White Hats?

As the world becomes more complex non-traditional approaches to ensuring data security and protection must be evaluated. In this article Wei Chieh, the founder of SWARMNETICS draws a parallel between how we treat open source software and the Asian organisational attitude toward White Hat hackers (or ‘independent security researchers’) as assets that might help to stem the tide of security breaches that Asian companies face today.

Who is Watching Your Data?

The question of data privacy has become one that is shaping the business world of the 21st century. With many technologies advancing in leaps and bounds – as well as the increasing importance of ‘The Internet of Things’ the appointment of a professional Data Protection Officer to ensure legal and mandatory compliance has become a business imperative. We look at how failure to appoint such professionals who can operate at all levels of an organisation can be a costly mistake – not only in terms of revenue – but also in terms…

Ten Privacy and Data Security Mistakes Start-Ups Should Avoid (Part I)

Most technology start-up companies lack the experience and resources needed to manage the plethora of security, privacy, and compliance issues inherent in a growing technology business. Nevertheless, the legal and business implications of poorly managed privacy and data security practices are too important to ignore. A single error can undermine the trust of investors and customers, attract unwanted regulatory attention or litigation, and ultimately, derail a start-up’s success.In this first instalment of a two part article…

Armour up! Top 3 Security Trends to Watch

Last year, cyber security breaches wreaked havoc on some of the biggest financial institutions, retailers and governments in the world, causing data and financial loss and even corporate embarrassment for a certain entertainment powerhouse. In 2016, we can likely expect more - more advanced attacks including targeted industry espionage, ransomware, and social engineering.