Posts Tagged ‘security’
Security is the main theme for the latest issue of ONE magazine, which is published in eleven languages for midsize organisations around Europe. There are also interesting articles about ERP and improved productivity. To read ONE in the language of your choice, please click on the relevant link below:
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Can midsized businesses afford not to have a robust, flexible and comprehensive data security policy?
The United States, it seems, eyes Europe’s data protection laws with a degree of envy. According to the New York Times, while the US has “a patchwork of state and federal laws and various agencies responsible for data protection,” Europe has it pretty much sorted.
“Data theft is not a major problem in Britain, Germany or France,” it says. “One reason may be that European countries have comprehensive national privacy laws and offices of data protection, led by privacy commissioners.” The newspaper cites professor Joel Reidenberg who says: “In the United States, we basically have a mess.”
Symantec (producers of Norton antivirus software) has produced compelling evidence that small and mid-sized businesses are seldom well-prepared to deal with technology disasters. Their 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey (based on interviews with more than 1650 respondents from 28 countries in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America) shows a large discrepancy between how SMBs perceive their disaster readiness and their actual level of preparedness.
The data also suggests SMB downtime costs their customers tens of thousands of euros each year. As a result, the findings show that SMBs can – and often do – lose business as a direct result of being unprepared for disasters.
By Frank Buytendijk
Some call them “knowledge workers”; Richard Florida famously called them the “creative class.” Regardless of what you call them, a greater percentage than ever before are working off-site, not working 9-to-5 hours, and are participating in virtual global teams. And as this trend picks up steam, the changes in how we work—and manage our work—will go from evolutionary to revolutionary.
Corporations have built business plans by setting their sights on virtualising – over the passage of time – all layers of their architecture for a premium benefit. Virtualising resources, even if you do it over time, can create noteworthy savings and flexibility. It is also why virtualisation is an initial technology for Cloud computing.