Have a drink on Data Privacy Day at your nearest IAPP event

privacy-after-hours-150As part of Data Privacy Day on Wednesday, January 28th, the IAPP will be hosting casual “Privacy After Hours” social meetings at cities in Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, UK and USA, to discuss an issue that’s on a lot of people’s minds these days — privacy.

Whether as part of business or personal life, information privacy and security is now an aspect of day-to-day life. So if you have any concerns or interests in privacy matters, then please feel welcome to come along for discussion, or simply to relax and get to know other people with practical or personal involvements in privacy issues.

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Are you compliant with the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation? Find out in just 60 seconds

complianceIf you hold data on EU citizens, including customer details, payment information or healthcare records, you need to be aware of the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation.

It will require organizations – wherever they are in the world – to implement “appropriate measures” to secure personal data. Fines for breaches will range up to €100 million or 5% of annual turnover.

Do you have the necessary data protection measures in place? Find out with the Sophos 60-Second Compliance Check. No registration required!

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Introducing Next-Gen Enduser Protection

ngeupToday, we’re pleased to introduce updates to our Endpoint Protection, SafeGuard Encryption and Mobile Encryption products that deliver on our vision of Next-Generation Enduser Protection (NGEUP).

NGEUP provides more effective and simpler-to-manage security for enduser devices and data by integrating innovative endpoint, mobile and encryption technologies. It is a stepping stone to achieving our Project Galileo vision of next-generation enduser, server and network technologies all working together as a unified, cloud-managed security system.

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Why security is failing #3: It lacks coordination

cloud-150Last week, I posited that the security industry is, by and large, failing to meet the needs of today’s businesses. I introduced two reasons for this failure: security solutions are incomplete, and security is overly complex.

Today, I’ll wrap up with the third challenge businesses face: inconsistent and uncoordinated security.

While attackers continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, security technology struggles to keep up. How else to explain the 48% increase in the number of security incidents reported by businesses worldwide in 2014 compared to the year before?

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Why security is failing #2: Complexity

virtualization-securityYesterday, I wrote about the first of three reasons that the mainstream approach to security is failing to meet businesses’ needs: incomplete protection.

Today I’m back with the second part of the series, focused on reason #2: complexity.

As security guru Bruce Schneier says, “complexity is the worst enemy of security.” Yet sometimes it seems that if you want advanced security, you have to have an advanced degree. Why exactly is security so complicated?

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Why security is failing #1: Incomplete protection

pass-failThe disjointed, piecemeal approach to security that is prevalent in the industry today is failing to meet businesses’ needs.

We see the results every day, from news headlines like the Sony hack to the thousands of businesses that have been affected recently by Cryptowall and other ransomware, banking Trojans like Vawtrak, and targeted attacks.

We also see it in the many IT professionals that come to us and our partners looking for a better way to secure their organizations.

This will be the first of three posts exploring the ways that the security industry is letting businesses down.

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Firewalls, encryption, and next-generation endpoint protection – the Sophos ASEAN webinar series

roadshowWe’re excited to announce the line-up for our Sophos ASEAN webinar series — a virtual platform for end users and channel partners to get up to date on computer security news, opinion and advice on how to navigate the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.

This webinar series features our top security experts in the ASEAN region, and covers three of the most pressing concerns IT departments are facing in 2015, showing you how to manage issues of firewall performance, what to expect from the next generation of endpoint security, and how to use encryption to protect data without slowing down users.

Learn more about these webinars below, and be sure to reserve your seat!

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