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5 File Sharing Best Practices to Protect Business Data at Home

By |2020-06-11T13:45:38+00:00April 29th, 2020|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance|

After several weeks of lockdown with its necessary work-from-home (WFH) conditions, we’ve all adapted fairly well to the WFH basics. We can access our company network and apps, post to the blog and gratefully check the status of our paychecks. Perhaps now is the time to check and improve the security of our business data by implementing some file sharing best practices. 1. Establish a Security-first Mindset With COVID-19 WFH policies, end users regularly conduct business via home computer, laptop or mobile device. As a result, the network perimeter has largely disappeared. Thus, an organization’s WFH security posture would be

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4 Data Governance Tools that Protect and Power Vital Information Assets

By |2020-06-12T10:30:08+00:00April 1st, 2020|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Along with daffodils and Mardi Gras, spring 2020 brought a pandemic that has rocked the global economy and changed daily life. As organizations navigate the crisis, they depend on accurate, accessible and usable data to forecast the future and inform decisions. Data governance tools play an essential role in ensuring that businesses realize the full potential of data. For example, retail businesses need to respond in an agile way to changes in consumer buying habits. With up-to-date data, they can quickly analyze, and even anticipate, those changes. And with more employees working remotely, data governance tools help ensure that the

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6 Data Backup Best Practices to Increase Productivity and Secure Vital Intellectual Assets

By |2020-06-12T10:34:31+00:00March 18th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

You may have missed National Grammar Day or Dr. Seuss’s birthday. But organizations need to pay attention to one key March holiday. As World Backup Day approaches, take the opportunity to implement data backup best practices. Your business may depend on it. Today’s backup technology, including Azure Backup and Site Recovery, removes the pain from the process. Benefits of Regular, Reliable Backups Consider the threats to vital data, from stolen laptops to ransomware or failed hard drives. Lost data can cripple businesses and even affect the delivery of healthcare and other vital human services. On the other hand, regular backups

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Advancements in Data Encryption Up the Data Defense Game

By |2020-06-12T10:44:38+00:00March 5th, 2020|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Technology|

From credit card transactions to online loan applications and sensitive emails, billions of pieces of valuable information cross the internet every hour. Keeping that data safe from unauthorized access requires increasingly sophisticated tools. As the challenges to data security grow more intense, advancements in data encryption rise to meet them. In the movies, messengers transmitted important documents in a briefcase, handcuffed to the messenger’s wrist and accessible only via a key. The messenger made certain that no one tampered with the document during transit and that only the intended recipient opened the briefcase to retrieve and read its contents. Encryption

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5 Benefits of Data Governance for SMB Retailers

By |2020-06-01T09:02:09+00:00January 15th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

2020 ups the privacy ante for businesses in the United States, with tough new privacy laws taking effect in California and New York. Small businesses may qualify for exemptions from specific regulations. However, the focus on information management brings an opportunity to harness key business benefits of data governance for SMB retailers. 1. Protect Valuable Assets Just two years ago, The Economist pronounced the world’s most valuable resource to be not oil, but data. In retail, data powers all aspects of the business, from sales and marketing to HR and customer service. When retail businesses treat data as an asset,

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6 Steps to Privacy Law Compliance for Retailers

By |2020-06-01T09:05:09+00:00January 8th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Privacy|

The dawn of 2020 brought more than winter weather and New Year’s resolutions. Retailers must now demonstrate compliance with information privacy laws in the US, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and, soon, New York’s SHIELD law. With strict customer privacy laws, retail information governance to achieve privacy law compliance takes on a key strategic role. For instance, CCPA mandates that businesses provide consumers control over their private information. That is, consumers can request disclosure of all personal data regarding themselves and their households. They can opt out of the sale of that data, and they can request

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What is a digital footprint? And how to help protect it

By |2020-05-21T10:24:16+00:00October 8th, 2019|Data Compliance, Technology|

Your “digital footprint” includes all traces of your online activity, including your comments on news articles, posts on social media, and records of your online purchases. When you know the boundaries of your digital footprint and take steps to contain it, you can help protect your identity and your reputation. What is a digital footprint? Every time you post something online, share content, or even when a website collects your information by installing cookies on your device, you are creating a digital trail. This includes your IP address, your login details, and other personal information that you reveal online. Information

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Data Privacy Laws and CCPA Compliance in California Affect Businesses Everywhere

By |2020-05-22T03:51:19+00:00October 1st, 2019|Data Compliance, Privacy|

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. This landmark law has implications far beyond California and represents a significant shift in attitudes about data privacy regulation in the United States. Thus, taking a proactive approach to CCPA compliance will prepare your business to thrive in the evolving data compliance landscape. What is the CCPA? In 2018, California passed a sweeping data privacy act based on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This Consumer Privacy Act requires compliance by all businesses that collect data related to California residents, have annual gross revenues of

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Improve compliance with Office 365 E5 plan

By |2020-06-01T09:56:34+00:00September 10th, 2019|Data Compliance|

What is the Office 365 E5 plan and how can it help your business compliance? Organizations own the data they keep in the cloud and they need to know how it is being handled at all times. Microsoft is the industry leader in cloud compliance for enterprise customers. With the Office 365 E5 plan, advanced compliance is integrated into the service, so organizations can meet their unique requirements using a single cloud service. Microsoft recognizes that organizations want control over access to content stored in cloud services. To maximize data security and privacy for Office 365 customers, Microsoft has engineered

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3 Data Compliance Challenges and How to Beat Them

By |2020-05-22T04:33:50+00:00August 28th, 2019|Data Compliance, Email Management Tips|

If HIPAA, GDPR, NIST, and CFAA have failed to confuse you, wait until CCPA and NYPA enter the scene. The alphabet soup of information privacy laws can feel like a minefield in the business landscape. And with technology evolving rapidly, data compliance challenges continue to increase in complexity. However, with careful planning, you can rise above these challenges. According to a 2018 report by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach ranged from $2.2 million to $6.9 million. In addition to fines, businesses found non-compliant face lawsuits, remediation costs and audits. Perhaps more damaging, they stand to

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