The Bugatti approach to data protection and SC Magazine

The Bugatti approach to data protection and SC Magazine

Safetica 5  is a proud finalist in SC Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for the Data Loss Prevention category. Yes indeed, we made it through the product testing, evaluation, first cut, and then to the finalist stage. We take this as an achievement and as an industry mark of approval. And now that SC Magazine has announced the final winners for its US awards contest, we can take a deep breath and get back to work – helping companies protect their sensitive data. The winner of the DLP award was … someone else. And, without being a sore loser or a tiny bit jealous, the winner was a company we had earlier identified in our own industry research as having one of the most comprehensive, complex, and expensive DLP solutions on the market. One could say that this DLP solution offered the Bugatti approach to data protection.…continue reading →
Would installing DLP/monitoring software have pushed the NSA out of its comfort zone?

Would installing DLP/monitoring software have pushed the NSA out of its comfort zone?

The U.S. National Security Agency did not install the most up-to-date data protection systems at its Hawaii site before contractor Edward Snowden went to work and removed thousands of classified documents. Officials cited by Reuters said the site had “insufficient bandwidth to comfortably install it and ensure its effective operation.” After a quick read , my eyes focused on the word “comfort”. What do these guys expect while installing data protection software: lounge chairs,  Jimmy Buffett, and a margarita? …continue reading →
Managing Social Media with Moderation in the Workplace

Managing Social Media with Moderation in the Workplace

Internet and social media use at the workplace is a significant productivity issue for many employers. To control use, companies may block specific sites or establishing a restrictive Acceptable Use Policy for their employees. But these two strategies – a blackout and strict AUPs – each have their disadvantages. This creates a quandary for businesses: Is it possible to create a middle-of-the-road solution that limits Internet use within given boundaries without creating privacy issues or a management enforcement nightmare?  During the recent launch of Safetica in the Philippines, we released a white paper on the three options facing companies. As Jakum Mahdal, CEO of Safetica Technologies stated in this white paper,  “The question is not about making a full prohibition, it’s about setting reasonable restrictions." …continue reading →
Hazards to setting up semi-free Wi-Fi in the workplace

Hazards to setting up semi-free Wi-Fi in the workplace

While Free Wi-Fi may be the buzzword, it's semi-free Wi-Fi that companies really want to provide for their employees. Semi-free Wi-Fi is where a company gives almost free Wi-Fi access to its employees – along with a few monitoring safeguards over what employees can download, access, and upload with their smartphones. It is about providing a nice perk for employees without handing them the keys to the company. And it is much more complicated to set up then just plugging a standard 802.11x router into the network cable. “Providing a semi-free Wi-Fi is based on three major points: technical, legal, and social,” explains Safetica legal analyst Matej Zachar. “Each one of these three points has to be considered for a successful implementation.” …continue reading →
Grinders won’t delete your lost data

Grinders won’t delete your lost data

Even the UK government can't get its lost data back. Under pressure from officials from Her Majesty’s government, the editors of the Guardian newspaper in the UK destroyed the hardrives and computer equipment that had been used in reporting on Edward Snowden and the wiretapping by the American National Security Agency. "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back," one official reportedly said to the Guardian, insisting that the classified material be either destroyed or surrendered.…continue reading →
Cyber-criminals take a closer look at small businesses

Cyber-criminals take a closer look at small businesses

Small businesses reported faster growth in the rate of cyber attacks than their large, more visible competitors according to an Information Security Breaches survey by the UK's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills’ (BIS). There was a 22% increase in the number of small businesses reporting a cyber attack, moving from 41% to 63% in the past year.  In the same survey, 78% of large businesses reported some sort of cyber attack, up just 5% from the previous year.  At this rate of increase, there will soon be no difference in the level of cyber attacks suffered by smaller businesses and their larger, more visible competitors. The survey was cited in EN, a UK entrepreneurs magazine. The EN feature article looked at why small businesses are being increasingly targeted by cyber criminals and how they could best defend themselves. The lead expert quoted in the article was Urban Schrott, IT security & cybercrime analyst at Safetica. …continue reading →