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Timing is everything

Mikko Hannula at Coriant explains why a major upgrade in mobile network synchronisation is required

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A career fighting cybercrime

Chris Stoneff at Lieberman Software offers an insight into the world of the professional cybercrime fighter

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Integrate, not eliminate

Steve Holland at Spargonet outlines the need for a considered approach to replacing legacy systems

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Throwing shade at IT?

Paessler AG explain why IT professionals now need to embrace Shadow IT - but on their own terms

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Software-defined security

Certes Networks consider how to create agile and independent security for modern network infrastructures

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Big data initiatives exceeding expectations for many organisations

New CompTIA study finds most companies in early stages of projects, but outcomes hint at big data potential

Smart decision ahead for 2016

MWR InfoSecurity suggests 2016 will be dramatically impacted by Smart Technology

Organisations struggling to align Hybrid Cloud deployments with business need

Survey finds Hybrid Cloud adoption is high but mixed messages and disruptive technologies abound


IPv6: Safeguarding the Internet

Nathalie Künneke-Trenaman at RIPE NCC on how to consider, plan, implement and manage a transition to IPv6

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Orchestrating the network

Maurice McMullin from Kemp Technologies explains why enterprise agility may be compromised if network orchestration isn't embraced

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Sandbox technology: the business benefit

Markus Lang at Barracuda Networks on how sandbox technology can help improve business security

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Network Computing Awards 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Network Computing Awards have now opened! Please visit www.networkcomputingawards.co.uk to nominate your finalists. Here, Pam Case of The PC Support Group outlines what winning the 2015 Service Provider of the Year Awards has meant for the company

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Welcome to the December 2015 Newsletter.

Just as we head towards the festive break the newly finalised EU data protection regulations have arrived like the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come with portents of a grim future if we don’t change our ways. Although the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) won't come into effect until 2018 it's already apparent that they will require businesses to thoroughly rethink the way they handle and protect their data - and sooner rather than later.

As Mahisha Rupan, senior associate, Kemp Little observes, "This reform will have significant impact because almost all businesses collect and store personal information about customers, suppliers and service providers and employees, meaning that almost every business operating in the UK will need to take action to comply with the Regulation."

John Brooks, director at endpoint data protection company, Code42, has welcomed the new regulations, saying "For too long, fragmented and often unenforceable country-specific data protection legislation has led to many organisations not taking basic cyber security precautions, in turn leading to high-profile breaches. With a severe deterrent now coming into force - a 4% hit to turnover - for companies out of GDPR compliance, we'll hopefully see a change in behaviour resulting in better encryption and backup practices - from the server to end-user laptops and desktops. In fact, an upcoming Code42 survey will reveal that 69% of IT decision makers said the way they purchase and/or provision data protection and security tools will be affected by the recent GDPR ruling."

We'll no doubt be hearing a lot more commentary - both positive and negative - on the new regulations in the coming days, and we'll be taking a closer look at the ramifications of GDPR in forthcoming issues of Network Computing. We hope you'll join us for that and more in 2016 - until then have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, and don't forget to make your nominations for the Network Computing Awards finalists by January 15th!

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