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The identity foundation

Andy Heather at Centrify explains how a Secure Key can help unlock value in cloud projects

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The IPv6 network effect

Marco Hogewoning at the RIPE NCC offers some analysis of the progress to replace IPv4

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Now UC it

Unified communications has had a slightly troubled childhood, but Bertrand Pourcelot at Centile Telecom Applications believes its time has finally come

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Puttin’ on the Gigabits

The Ritz London becomes one of the first hotels in the UK to fully utilise a 10GB Ethernet service

64 per cent of manufacturers reveal a lack of budget is the main barrier to further IT adoption

Resarch from InfinityQS highlights costs as the main reason businesses are hesitating to invest in digital transformation

Marjority of businesses are failng to comply with GDPR, finds new Talend research

70% of companies couldn’t fulfil data access and portability requests within the GDPR-specified one-month time limit


Optical networking: automated

Software definition promises many network advantages, but it has been slow to reach the physical layer. Duncan Ellis at Wave2Wave Solution explores the issues

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Tunnelled vision

Do you know what is happening within the tunnels inside your network? You could be playing hide and seek with hackers…

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Security: the cost option

Some organisations may consider paying hackers a ransom as a valid defence strategy. Stuart Reed at NTT Security explores current practice

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Network Computing Awards 2018: The Winners!

The results of the 2018 Network Computing Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in March. Below we profile some of this year’s winners:

Bench Tested Product of the Year

Joint Winners: NETSCOUT LinkRunner G2 and NETSCOUT AirCheck G22
Runner-up: SolarWinds - NPM 12.1

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Network Project of Year - Public / Not for Profit Sector

Winner: Nuffield Health / Silver Peak

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Network Project of the Year - Private Sector

Winner: iMarket / iTrinegy

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Welcome to the September 2018 Newsletter.

At the time of writing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just fined the credit reference agency Equifax £500,000 for “Failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million UK citizens during a cyber attack in 2017.” As the massive data breach which affected 146 million Equifax customers globally predated the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, this was the maximum fine available to the ICO.

UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “The loss of personal information, particularly where there is the potential for financial fraud, is not only upsetting to customers, it undermines consumer trust in digital commerce. This is compounded when the company is a global firm whose business relies on personal data.”

The Equifax fine is “A reminder of the true cost of ineffective cyber security measures for businesses,” according to Andrew Foster, Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst at EclecticIQ. Andrew warns that “Businesses must take a proactive approach to cyber security. Those that do not risk fines, embarrassment, and shareholder dissatisfaction. The best way to for businesses to counter cyber threats is to collaborate with industry partners and share intelligence.”

And yet the Equifax fine has arrived just as a new report from Talend has revealed that the majority of businesses are still failing to comply with GDPR. Talend’s research found that 70% of businesses worldwide failed to address requests made from individuals seeking to obtain a copy of their personal data as required by GDPR within the one-month time limit set out in the regulations. What’s more, GDPR compliance was actually found to be higher outside of Europe. The Equifax announcement should serve as a timely reminder that, when it comes to GDPR and cyber security, everything is far from fine…

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