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Is your security ready for GDPR?
Posted by Colin Woods on 10/11 at 10:00 AM Security,
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It seems that all we talk about now is GDPR.

The legislation that comes into force in May next year is forcing organisations to look at the data they hold, who can access it and how they can secure it. The key is securing your “privileged information”. 

While as a business communications supplier and internet service provider (ISP), swcomms is not in a position to advise on how you should set your user privileges, but we can absolutely help when it comes to protecting your network from a malware attack that aims to illegally access the very data you are tasked with protecting. 

We now face a different type of attack than we have become used to. Historically, hackers aimed to get in and get out again quickly. However, ransomware attacks and attacks that target privileged information are very different. They may look to get in quickly but then they work to stay there. 

We refer to these as advanced persistent threats (APTs). Having gained access, they sit on a network, they scan for passwords and look to access privileged information in applications and databases often creating backdoors in the process. 

Traditional firewalling and security devices look simply to stop hackers gaining access on to a network but by working with our Cisco security and networking certified engineers, you can protect your data beyond this point. 

Deploying the next generation of Cisco firewalling also gives access to the latest in anti-malware that continuously scans the network looking for suspicious activity, so even if an APT gets behind the firewall and onto the network, it can still be detected and shut down before data breaches occur and you find yourself falling foul of GDPR regulation.

Threats come in many guises from the internet and from within. At swcomms, we look to secure your network so you can get on with running your business. 

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Colin Woods on 10/11/2017

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.