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Data privacy approaches need strong cybersecurity backing

To ensure the resilience and rapid recoverability of data, it’s essential to have a multi-layered approach.

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Saturday, January 28th is Data Privacy Day. Data privacy relates to the extent that a person can determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent personal information about them is shared with or communicated to others.

In the build-up to the Data Privacy event, Australia has indicated it is to consider European-style right to be forgotten privacy laws.

For this year there is an added emphasis upon cybersecurity. With the threat landscape becoming even more active, and the massive amounts of data that is being collected by businesses each second, data privacy and protection is no longer an option, but an absolute necessity.

To gain an understanding of the main trends, Digital Journal heard from Eric Bassier, Senior Director, Products at Quantum, with a focus on the importance of taking a multi-layered approach to ransomware protection.

According to Bassier, the extent of ransomware should not be under-estimated: “According to a recent study of IT and business executives, two out of five revealed that their organizations had suffered from successful ransomware attacks.”

Even worse, adds Bassier: “Over 80 percent reported that they had paid ransoms to get their data back. That’s because cybercriminals are always on the hunt for new ways to trick users into clicking on links which open the door to ransomware infiltration. Ransomware is just one threat in the ever-growing cyber threat landscape. It is imperative that organizations have a documented plan on how they are protecting and recovering their data – in every stage of its lifecycle – from all manners of cyber threats.”

As to the necessary measures needed to stem the tide of such attacks, Bassier recommends: “To ensure the resilience and rapid recoverability of data, it’s essential to have a multi-layered approach in place that covers every stage of the data lifecycle from end to end. This includes maintaining multiple copies of data, using immutable snapshots, storing data offline, and employing encryption and other security measures to safeguard and recover data swiftly in any location.”

As to the urgency of implementing these measures, Bassier states: “It is clear by now that it is no longer a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ an organization will be hit with a cyberattack. By following these guidelines and remaining vigilant, businesses can effectively strengthen their cybersecurity and reduce the risk of irreparable damage in the instance of a successful attack. It’s crucial that businesses prioritize the protection of their data, not just today, but every day. In 2023, data protection and recoverability are uncompromising, vital components to the success and sustainability of any business.”

For Digital Journal’s previous coverage of data privacy issues, see “January means it’s time to mark data privacy”.

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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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