privacy

Barriers for big data, mobility, and cloud technology in heath sector

November 6th, 2014

With the evolving technology, the healthcare security is major issue which needs due attention. Many healthcare organizations are wary of using services like big data, mobility and cloud technology mainly because of security concerns. Dell recently surveyed around 2,000 global organizations which confirm that numerous industries are not using evolving technologies because of security consideration. According to the survey:

  • 44 percent of IT decision makers consider security the biggest barrier for expanding mobility technologies
  • 52 percent of respondents said it was a hindrance to using cloud computing
  • 35 percent of surveyed IT decision makers said that security was a barrier for leveraging big data
  • 30 percent of respondents said they have the right information available to make risk-based decisions.
  • One in four organizations said they have a plan in place for all types of security breaches
  • 43 percent of respondents said that security resources are primarily spent on protecting against hackers
  • 37 percent reported that adhering to compliance regulations were the primary security expenditure

“Despite mounting security risks and increased reliance on the Internet and technology to run their businesses, many small and midsize organizations are underprepared to deal with today’s security threats, let alone those of the future,” SMB Group Partner Laurie McCabe said in a statement. “These companies know that disruptive technologies like cloud, mobility and big data can drive innovation and create competitive advantage. But it’s often difficult for them to take a strategic approach and overcome security concerns in order to fully harness the potential.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Increasing number of Internet users fear Data Theft

November 5th, 2013

In today’s world, majority of consumers worry that their information will be stolen with over 88% of internet users admitting their qualms about internet use and information theft.

Despite their worries, many still conduct risky behaviors such as using the same passwords across multiple accounts and websites or writing down passwords so they can remember them.

Increased security threats are perceived as the biggest governance issue at 38%, followed by data privacy at 28%.

The findings sought to examine the risks and rewards of key trends, including the Internet of Things, which refers to machines, devices, sensors, cars, cameras and other items that are connected to the Internet and often to each other such as everyday gadgets including GPS systems and smart TV’s.

Internet has the ability to collect and transmit data through the use of embedded devices or sensors that connect with networks. These devices have the potential to reap numerous rewards, such as greater efficiency and customer satisfaction.

“However, the Internet of Things poses a number of risks as well, such as more entry points for hackers, espionage and theft of intellectual property,” said Vladimiro Comodini, President of ISACA Malta Chapter.

The report uncovered that less one in five surveyed consumers are aware of the term Internet of Things, yet many admitted to using these devices among which include GPS systems, smarty TVs and electronic toll devices on their cars.

IT professionals have said that half of institutions have plans to capitalise on the internet of things while 31% say that their enterprises have already benefited from the increase access to information such tools provide.

“The rapid increase in connectivity, via the Internet of Things, is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, play and behave. What this survey clearly shows is the shift in perception about risk and privacy as the world becomes increasingly connected,” said Comodini.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

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Internet, social media least trusted industries for privacy

January 15th, 2013

Internet and social media ranked at the bottom on a list of the most trusted industries for privacy, according to the Ponemon Institute.

Released yesterday, Ponemon’s “2012 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy” was compiled from a survey of U.S. adults asked to name the five companies they trust the most to protect the privacy of their personal information.

Based on more than 6,700 responses, the Top 20 list did not include several tech players that had been on it in past years.

Apple failed to make the list for the first time in four years. Google, Best Buy, Facebook, Yahoo, Dell, and AOL also were gone from the Top 20 after scoring good or decent grades in the past.

Those results aren’t surprising, as many of those polled expressed concern about certain technologies. A full 59 percent of the respondents said they feel their privacy rights are diminished or undermined by social media, smart mobile devices, and geotracking tools.

Almost half the people surveyed said they received one or more data breach notifications over the past two years. And 77 percent of those people said such notifications hurt their trust in the organization reporting the breach.

A majority of those polled said they’ve shared personal information with an organization they didn’t know or trust, with most admitting they did it for the convenience of online shopping. And only 35 percent feel they have control over their personal information, a percentage that has dropped steadily over the past seven years, the report said.

Identify theft was seen as the most significant threat to privacy, followed by government surveillance and data breaches.

And what do people expect from companies that use their personal information?

Security protection was named the most important feature. But a majority also said they don’t want their data shared without their consent and they want the ability to be forgotten.

On a more positive note, Hewlett-Packard took second place in the rankings, just behind American Express.

Amazon was third, followed by IBM in fourth. eBay grabbed ninth place, with Intuit rounding out the Top 10.

Among other technology providers, Microsoft and Mozilla joined the list for the first time, ranked 17 and 20, respectively. Verizon, AT&T, and WebMD also numbered among the Top 20.

Get your personal as well as office laptops encrypted by Alertsec

Unencrypted laptops present a major risk of data loss. 80% of information theft is due to lost or stolen laptops and other equipment. About 50% of network intrusions are performed with credentials gathered from lost or stolen devices. The penalties for a data breach are severe not only in terms of the monetary fines imposed on the organization, but also the potential loss of trust from customers and suppliers. Encryption software greatly enhances the security of your organization’s data as the information is not compromised if a laptop is lost or stolen.

Alertsec Xpress is the full disk encryption service that delivers a mobile data protection system for all information stored on laptops used throughout your organization.

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