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Businesses should embrace, and not fear, data privacy regulations

Even if newer regulations are highlighting today’s major need for data protection, this is not something new

Businesses in London. Image: Tim Sandle
Businesses in London. Image: Tim Sandle

Maintaining trust in enterprises that gather and use personal data requires data privacy. Consumers often do not feel comfortable giving their information if there are weak data privacy laws in place, which in turn can hinder innovation and advancement.

This week of January is Data Privacy Week (January 22nd to the 28th). The 2023 event provides an opportunity to consider the implications of privacy in social media and how it relates to authentication.

The necessity of data privacy and the safeguarding of personal information is made more widely known during Data Privacy Week. This week, governments, businesses, and users are working together to raise awareness of the best ways to protect data.

Looking at some of the key trends for Digital Journal is Almog Apirion, CEO & Co-Founder of Cyolo and former Israeli Navy Cyber Unit founder and commander.

Apirion begins by outlining what the focus on the global event is: “Data Privacy Week aims to increase awareness over the need to protect employee and customer data while adhering to regulatory laws such as GDPR or CCPA”.

Outside of these established European and Californian norms, there are  legal considerations. Apirion  explains: “Even if newer regulations are highlighting today’s major need for data protection, this is not something new – in fact, the first legally binding international privacy and data protection treaty, Convention 108, was signed well before today’s regulations in 1981.”

These changes are coterminous with technology. According to Apirion: “Because of our greater reliance on digital technology to govern most of both individual and organization facets, it is important to reconsider what, when and where as well as with whom it is shared with others. Data Privacy Day is a component of the worldwide “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” campaign for online privacy, security and safety.”

Apirion is an advocate of such legislation. He states: “Strong data privacy is more critical than ever — particularly in response to the recent growth of cyberattacks and the expansion of data perimeters due to hybrid work. One way of mitigating today’s vulnerabilities is to provide rigorous identity-based access control.”

In terms of specific measures, Apirion recommends: “To safeguard themselves, enterprises’ collaboration and communications tools require a robust zero-trust framework to protect all forms of user data. Identity-based access control enables businesses to strengthen their security posture while also gaining visibility and control over their most critical systems. The reality is that hackers today don’t break in, they log in.”

Apirion also points out a benefit for businesses: “Enterprises can get complete control and visibility of their entire IT infrastructure while mitigating against advanced threats by implementing a modern zero-trust solution and adopting stringent authentication requirements. As more risks emerge, organizations will be more prepared than ever to counter threats and safeguard data and business-critical infrastructure.”

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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