Reported cyber-attacks are on the increase. It is becoming increasingly more common that when you open the news app on your phone on turn on the news channel, the headlines are likely to be reporting a new large scale cyber-attack.
Cyber-attacks are also becoming more sophisticated. In the last ten years we have seen the first known reported attack on a public infrastructure, when a Ukrainian power grid was compromised in 2015 impacting 230,000 customers. The 2011 hack on the Sony PlayStation network caused an outage of 23 days, as developers had to rebuild the security infrastructure after 77 million user accounts were compromised. Even more scary; Tesco Bank customers were compromised with £2.5 million being defrauded by customers due to a fault with a legacy Visa payment system.
The British Chamber of Commerce reports that one in five firms was hit by a cyber-attack in 2016, and that 42% of all large firms having been the victim of some kind of attack. This is the reality of the world in which we now live, and is one of the core reasons that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being introduced on Friday 25th May 2018. The legislation is designed to harmonise data protection laws across Europe to encourage organisations to reshape the way they approach the security of sensitive customer and personal data. The Data Protection Bill was announced in August 2017, bringing the GDPR legislation into Post-Brexit Britain.
The sheer scope of GDPR could mean massive changes for some businesses with regards to process management. Very simply, GDPR is about embracing good data governance and taking seriously the security of data, which in this 4th industrial revolution is effectively a currency in itself. As well as looking at processes, businesses that rely on technology for the management of sensitive data should consider reviewing their tech and ask themselves, is this GDPR compliant?
Many technology companies – such as Microsoft – have dedicated websites giving customers an overview of their approach to compliance. This will also include updates to technology and programs that can help customers seize the inherent opportunity presented by GDPR – modernising business solutions.
Announced in 2017, Microsoft 365 helps businesses to realise the promise of technology in the post-GDPR world. Microsoft reports that business workers spend 50% more of their time working on collaborative activities and 37% of the global workforce is mobile. Microsoft 365 enables businesses to achieve more together, anywhere it matters with always on security that is simplified for business. A complete, intelligent solution that brings together the best of Office 365, Windows 19 and Enterprise Mobility + Security that empowers everyone to be creative and work together securely.
Microsoft 365 helps to achieve GDPR compliance through bringing together the best in class in application solutions. The best of breed in office tools (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are supported by tools such as Teams, which is being increasingly embraced by businesses as a way to achieve more efficient collaboration in the work place. The most secure and modern OS in Windows 10 is further supported by the EMS& suite providing device management for any computing unit running Windows 10 with app protection for Office apps.
Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise are both available via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and can be provisioned and managed in real time on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.