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For the reasons explained in this white paper, businesses need to start working towards compliance now. This paper looks at the new data security requirements under the GDPR and provides practical tips on how to prevent a data breach disaster from happening to you and your customers

Almost 1.4 billion data records compromised in 2016 as hackers targeted large-scale databases across industries 

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today released the findings of the Breach Level Index revealing that 1,792 data breaches led to almost 1.4 billion data records being compromised worldwide during 2016, an increase of 86% compared to 2015. Identity theft was the leading type of data breach in 2016, accounting for 59% of all data breaches. In addition, 52% of the data breaches in 2016 did not disclose the number of compromised records at the time they were reported.

Kroll Ontrack today published the results of its Data Loss Index (DLI) which summarises data loss causes captured through its free and anonymous Self-Assessment Tool. During the period of October to December 2016, Kroll Ontrack received 1,348 entries from 43 countries. By far the most identified culprit of data loss (nearly 36 per cent) was undetected storage media, with dropped devices the second most popular reason (almost 13 per cent) and the device was not powering up taking just under 10 per cent of entries.

Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today released its top five predictions for the banking industry. Laura Crozier, CFA, global industry director, Banking, of Software AG noted: “There will be some seismic shifts in the banking industry in 2017 as threats and opportunities from digital banks, fintechs and regulation continue to shake up the landscape.”

While data breaches destroy customer confidence, impact revenues, attract large regulatory fines and cost C-levels their jobs, 76% of data security professionals believe in the maturity of their data security strategy, according to a new study. Despite heavy investments in a variety of data security tools as part of their strategy, 93% report persistent technical challenges in protecting data.

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion. Of this amount, the majority (61.2%) will be done by public cloud datacenters, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute 14.6% of spending. With increasing adoption of private and hybrid cloud strategies within corporate datacenters, spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will growth at 16.6%. In comparison, spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure will decline by 3.3% in 2017 but will still account for the largest share (57.1%) of end user spending. (Note: All figures above exclude double counting between server and storage.)

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of an extensive Tripwire study conducted by Dimensional Research. The study evaluated key challenges that organizations must address in order to optimize their cyber security and compliance programs. Study respondents included over 500 IT security professionals.

A failure to grasp how data is used across the business is one of the most common barriers facing large enterprises today, according to a new whitepaper published by GoldenSource.

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