Keep the gremlins out of your data: take these four steps

26 October 2021

Florian Malecki, vice president international marketing at Arcserve

Florian Malecki, vice president international marketing at Arcserve

Halloween is a time of scary monsters and eerie happenings. It’s also a time to think about the many gremlins that can assail your company’s data and wreak havoc with your business.

The most frightening data horror story in recent memory is about Pixar during the production of Toy Story 2. One of the film’s animators accidentally entered the wrong command and instantly deleted about 90% of the film’s files. Even worse, the data backup system malfunctioned due to inadequate disk space. For a brief, bloodcurdling moment, it looked like almost the entire production would be lost. Thankfully, after much blood, sweat, and tears, the crew recovered the data and restored the film files.

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‘Bad bots account for almost 40% of internet traffic’

06 October 2021

Almost 40% of all traffic on the internet is “bad bot” activity, according to a report published by Barracuda Networks. Automated bots, including those from search engines and social media networks, make up 64% of all internet traffic. The Bot attacks: Top Threats and Trends report found that only a quarter of this was “good bot” activity - nearly two-fifths (39%) were from “bad bots.”

The report said these bad bots included basic web scrapers, attack scripts, and advanced persistent bots. “These advanced bots try their best to evade standard defences and attempt to perform their malicious activities under the radar. In our dataset, the most common of these persistent bots were ones that went after e-commerce applications and login portals,” the report said.

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Boots makes NICE move

06 October 2021

Pharmacy and beauty chain Boots is among the first businesses to join an innovative program to streamline collaboration on investigations with UK police forces.

The NICE Investigate Digital Evidence Management solution from US technology firm NICE enables enterprises to work collaboratively on investigations to speed the delivery of justice, by ensuring fast, seamless sharing of CCTV video and other digital evidence. Boots has embraced the initiative by registering its thousands of CCTV cameras with the NICE investigate system. The initiative is being driven in part by the National Business Crime Centre, a UK resource created out of Home Office Police Transformation Funding.

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UK to overhaul privacy rules

06 October 2021

The UK will attempt to move away from European data protection regulations as it overhauls its privacy rules after Brexit, the government has announced. The freedom to chart its own course could lead to an end to irritating cookie popups and consent requests online, said the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, as he called for rules based on “common sense, not box-ticking”. However, any changes will be constrained by the need to offer a new regime that the EU deems adequate, otherwise data transfers between the UK and EU could be frozen. John Edwards, currently the privacy commissioner of New Zealand, will be put in charge of overseeing the transformation. He will replace Elizabeth Denham, whose term in office will end October 31 after a three-month extension.

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