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GDPR: Who Needs To Know And What They Need To Do


Christine Ashton

It’s beyond debate that data is one of a company’s most valuable resources. The total revenue from online advertising in 2014, for example, reached US $49.5 billion, the majority of which is based on users’ personal and demographic information to show more relevant messages. The direction of travel since then has only been in one direction.

The European Union’s new law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), focuses on controlling the use of individual persons’ private information and ensuring that it can be protected. If your company violates the regulation, you could face penalties of as much as 4% of your annual global revenue or €20 million, depending on the details and severity of the violation.

To avoid incurring substantial fines, businesses need to plan well in advance on how to deal with the requirements of GDPR. Although the details may vary from one organization to the next, the roles and perspectives listed below are some of the most important for your company to take into account.

CEO and board of directors
These people will mainly be interested in GDPR’s impact on their business processes. This means performing a top-to-bottom review of the relevant personal data that you handle.

CEOs and the board of directors may also want to understand the cost-effectiveness of their data strategy. Are you collecting and access more personal data than necessary? If so, check into reducing this amount. Continuing to accumulate silos of unused and potentially toxic data increases the need for encryption, and therefore will require more investment.


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Unitrends Releases Public Beta of Unitrends Free

Enterprise-level cloud recovery provider Unitrends released yesterday a public beta version of a market-changing edition of its data protection software: Unitrends Free.

Unitrends Free is a free backup solution designed for IT professionals seeking cost-effective protection for SMBs and other small environments.Unitrends logo

“Unitrends Free couples enterprise-class capabilities not found in other free tools with refreshingly uncomplicated navigation and performance monitoring capabilities. We are pleased to offer individuals and organizations with smaller environments or limited budgets the high-caliber data protection they too deserve,” CEO Kevin Weiss said. “With the Unitrends Community rallying behind the product, fellow users can also tap each other’s expertise and experiences to get the most out of Unitrends Free virtual backup and recovery.”

Features in Unitrends Free include hypervisor-level protection for up to 1TB of data, instant VM recovery, automated daily scheduling and cloud integration.

The software, and an opportunity to enter a Unitrends sweepstakes, is available here.

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Carbonite Enhances Backup with Local, Cloud Storage Hybrid

Carbonite said that it is bringing enterprise-class database server backup capabilities to the small business market with the introduction of Enhanced Server Backup.  Enhanced Server Backup delivers the best of both worlds – the speed of local backup plus the ultimate safety of cloud backup. 

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Tripp Lite UPS System Protects from Common Power Problems, Data Loss

Tripp Lite is now offering an economical UPS system, known as the OMNI1500LCDT, which is designed to protect equipment from blackouts, brownouts and other power problems while keeping the user constantly informed through an easy-to-read LCD control panel.

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