The rise of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) has been meteoric in recent years. Despite being one of the newest executive roles for many businesses, research suggests the number of companies hiring a CDO has more than quadrupled since 2012. With Dixons Carphone Warehouse and even the Welsh Government recently joining this figure, investment in the coveted position doesn’t look set to slow down anytime soon.
By Alberto Pan, Chief Technical Officer at Denodo.
Cybersecurity is a worry for cloud users. Market research company Vanson Bourne, in conjunction with Nutanix, found that 60 per cent of companies cite security as the biggest factor impacting future cloud strategies. Increasing complexity and evolving technology promise to exacerbate security worries for cloud users, but a strategic approach to security and partnerships can keep data and applications safe.
By Craig Tavares, Head of Cloud, Aptum.
The consequences of sensitive data getting into the wrong hands can be significant, and a considerable source of risk and anxiety for organisations. But a bigger problem logistically can be determining where such data exists across the business, so companies can implement protective measures. James Paton, CEO of SynApps Solutions, explains.
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, businesses and individuals are realising benefits they could once only dream of. Thanks to this digital revolution, our critical infrastructure can be operated with increased efficiency and reliability, helping to provide consumers with the services they demand and businesses with more insight into their operations. However, as we come to rely much more upon digital technologies, there will be a shift in the types of risk we face.
By David Sylvester, digital trust and cyber security expert at PA Consulting.
According to the recently-published DLA Piper GDPR Data Breach Survey 2020, more than 160,000 data breach notifications have been reported across Europe since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018. The survey also found that data protection regulators have imposed €114 million in fines under the GDPR regime for a wide range of GDPR infringements. It is clear therefore that that many businesses are still facing challenges when it comes to meeting and maintaining compliance.
By Mike Sanders, General Manager, Unitrends.
Modern businesses are under pressure to deliver when it comes to the experience, they offer their employees and customers when accessing applications in the cloud. Digital-savvy users expect seamless and consistent access to applications and services, regardless of where they are connecting or which device they use. While the emergence of the internet as the new corporate network has myriad benefits for all concerned, it requires a fundamental overhaul of traditional network security.
By Nathan Howe, director of transformation strategy at Zscaler.
Connectivity as a concept has become an essential part of life, as opposed to just a luxury. The Internet of Things (IoT) has already become commonplace in our lives, thanks to all the connected devices and smart technologies we own, interacting with one another to create a fully connected network. With the global number of IoT devices projected to triple by 2025 and 5G technologies very soon to become a cohesive part of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure, as a country we will soon be more connected than ever.
By David Higgins, EMEA Technical Director at CyberArk.
Sudheer Matta, Vice President Product Management AI Driven Enterprise, Juniper Networks, shares some insights from the company’s recent virtual summit – Driven By Experience. A key theme was the importance of using a combination of data and AI, including AIOps, to help improve network resilience, reliability, security and, ultimately, performance.
Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, talks through some of the company’s recent customer success stories, its new cybersecurity focus, and goes on to provide some great insights into the data centre sustainability debate – with Scope 3 emissions and supply chain collaboration a major focus, alongside hybrid cooling and the edge. Richard also suggests that it might be time to move beyond the PUE metric as a measure of data centre energy efficiency.
Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.
Chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Thermal Management Special Interest Group (SIG), Jon Summers, looks at some of the topics and technologies under scrutiny as the current sustainability focus turns up the heat on the data centre sector to improve its environmental performance. Liquid cooling, legacy data centres, the PUE metric, geography and climate, waste heat reuse and the role of AI are all covered during the discussion.
Rackspace Technology has agreed to acquire Just Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based data, analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) services based in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Additionally, this acquisition brings strong regional ties into the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with Just Analytics recently being awarded four regional Microsoft partner of the year awards.