Author: Anand Prahlad

Known folder redirection to OneDrive: What you should know

Known folder redirection to OneDrive: What you should know How much safer does it make your endpoint? Microsoft recently announced a useful feature for OneDrive enterprise users.  Administrators can now use Group Policy Objects to prompt users to redirect known Windows folders, such as Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Screenshots, and Camera Roll to OneDrive. Such redirection was possible earlier as well, but by making it available via easy-to-use AD GPO, Microsoft has made life much easier for administrators. Why is this good news?  Because OneDrive for Business is inherently a sync client focused on ensuring that the contents of one...

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The GDPR is now in effect – is it too late to act?

The GDPR is now in effect – is it too late to act? Have you been receiving a raft of emails from several companies you did (or didn’t) do business with, informing you of their updated privacy policies? If so, well, then you have General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to thank. The sweeping new data privacy regulation is now in force, and applies to all companies collecting and processing personal data of EU subjects. In fact Google and Facebook were hit with lawsuits to the tune of $8.8B the very day GDPR came into effect.  And since then, Honda...

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Is Ransomware protection important for GDPR compliance?

Is Ransomware protection important for GDPR compliance? This question came up at a GDPR event at which I recently spoke.  Most of the attendees were from their respective Legal, GRC, or CISO offices; a legally astute, but also a very technical audience.  One of the speakers who went up before I did, brought this up – as he was trying to draw the distinction between different types of cyber threats.  The point the speaker made was that, while Ransomware can be painful for an organization to experience, it is not really data theft – since the attacker isn’t actually...

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It’s World Backup Day – Do you know where your backups are?

It’s World Backup Day – Do you know where your backups are? March 31 is World Backup Day! I actually wasn’t aware until someone told me of this recently.  Having spent a good part of my career developing backup solutions, I thought it was quite fitting that something that is considered so routine, automatic, and taken for granted should have its own day to be remembered and celebrated.  And in a tongue-in-cheek fashion the World Backup Day happens to fall on the day before April 1; a sly hint suggesting that if you don’t backup your data, you could...

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GDPR Compliance – Who’s got your Back(up)?

GDPR Compliance – Who’s got your Back(up)? What is GDPR? For those only just tuning into this conversation the EU Commission negotiated and finalized the text of what is called the “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR) in December of 2015. This was officially approved as law in April 2016 and comes into effect on May 25, 2018. And, if you’re an organization that does business in the EU or even has customers from those geographies, this could significantly change the way you do business. Many think GDPR is an “EU thing” and doesn’t affect them because they don’t have...

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