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Avoid an Uber-style hack with a private data centre
Posted by Colin Woods on 24/11 at 10:00 AM Data centre, Security,
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With news emerging that Uber lost 57 million records of customer data last year, the spotlight is firmly back on data security and storage. This becomes all the more relevant with the GDPR legislation coming into force in May 2018.

The formerly undisclosed cyber-attack was revealed earlier this week by the car sharing company, worth $60 billion, plus details of the $100,000 (£75,000) ransom paid for the data. This should put companies of all sizes on alert.

Uber has fired their chief security officer after it emerged that this wasn’t the only security breach that occurred. In 2014, they were fined $20,000 for not disclosing a less serious breach.

While Uber hasn’t confirmed which countries could be affected, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun investigating the company’s data protection procedures.

It is reported two hackers accessed a private area of the popular online developer resource, Github, and found the login for the cloud-based Amazon Web Services (AWS) where Uber stored its data.

Bad luck or a lack of foresight? This situation could have been avoided if Uber had invested in a private data centre with resilient back up and security.

The benefits of a private data centre would have meant that Uber could have secured the data with multi-factor authentication, constant network monitoring, tailored security and a next generation firewall.

Our customers trust us to hold critical information within our data centre in Exeter with its guarantee of managed security access, CCTV surveillance, ISO 27001 compliant secure storage area and managed environment.

With the new GDPR legislation coming into force in May 2018 and the increasing threat of ransomware and hacking, now is the time to appreciate the benefits of an offsite data centre.

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Colin Woods on 24/11/2017

Head of cloud and connectivity sales, Colin is responsible for espousing the virtues of our data centre services, including co-location, managed hosting, cloud services, filtering, hosted exchange, traditional voice services through to SIP trunking, all aspects of Internet connectivity and inter-site connectivity.

A Karate instructor for 28 years and a former UK squad member, Colin is little more relaxed in his spare time now choosing to walk his two dogs, Simba and Aslan.