Data Protection Measures for Business Continuity amidst Pandemic

June 22, 2020

Author: Nikhil Korgaonkar – Regional Director, India & SAARC at Arcserve

The world is currently under the attack of a disastrous pandemic, and in just two months’ time the entire process of how we work and live has been overthrown. Countries across the globe are grappling to repair the economic damage caused due to the COVID-19 impact. Organisations are still in transition to adapt to the new business norms and processes for a post-COVID phase.

Modern Organizations to face significant Disruption in Businesses

The COVID-19 affected workforce is now trying to adjust with new modes of operations and work delivery. Working from home and interacting with peers through virtual platforms with high reliance on digital connectivity is becoming the new normal. Again, the organisation’s data is now scattered across regions, as employees are accessing the work data network from their respective homes. In case of no data security strategy in place, these companies are at high risk of data breach, mostly through ransomware attacks that usually leads to downtime for the company or complete destruction of the company’s data and network infrastructure.

Organisations thus, need to embrace new data protection and security policies to ensure business continuity.

Business Implication in Modern Attack Surface

As the impact of the pandemic crisis grows, businesses will be challenged to ensure that distributed data remains protected.

  • Formerly office-bound employees to now use personal digital tools

The majority of organizations are now opting to work from home culture, leading to the mass adoption of digital tools raising the risks of data security and privacy. Recently, a virtual conference hosted by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), was forced to stop the briefing midway because of a ‘hacking’ episode.

  • Increase usage of cloud

A remote workforce translates into increased use of the cloud leading to a new set of challenges for organisations. There is a spike in demand for virtual desktop and VPN solutions with the same data and cybersecurity capabilities as they had in an on-premises setting.

  • Increase data exfiltration and corporate networks infiltration attempts

WFH employees are now accessing the cloud through personal devices, which may not be directly under the organization’s control, and via networks whose security measures are unknown. This provides hackers with a greater opportunity to exploit loopholes and exfiltration sensitive business data which is more prone to exposure.

What organizations must do?

  • Respond with greater agility

With the current situation more favourable for data breach, it demands innovative and agile responses. The usual practice of keeping bad actors out to mitigate insider threats will no longer suffice. Hackers have managed to compromise the credentials of millions of online users and they can successfully impersonate genuine employees, which will likely exacerbate the problem of unauthorized movement of data. As a result, traditional approaches to mitigating cyber threats may not prove enough to maintain the required cyber resilience.

  • Plan for DLP

Businesses transitioning over to a largely remote workforce must draft a thoughtful security strategy that provides for a good data loss prevention (DLP) plan, enables robust protection against bad actors, and facilitates compliance to global IT standards (ISO, NIST, and CMMC).

To this end, businesses must be aware as to where their critical data resides so that unauthorised access can be prevented and automated security responses triggered with the changing risk levels of the digital identity accessing that data.

  • Data-backup for emergency recovery

As cyberattacks, especially ransomware are inevitable to any organization whose business depends on crucial data, it is important that organizations have a data recovery strategy in place that ensures that despite any form of cyberattack will not let the company suffer the setback of data loss.

  • Create a strong VPN strategy

Businesses can use a strong VPN strategy to keep people and data secure, even with large groups of remote workers. Separate, performance-focused VPNs may be created for dedicated groups of employees, such as accounts or development teams.

  • Educate employees on security hygiene

Employees can be an effective first line of defence in the fight against cybercriminals. With regular and frequent communication, organizations must encourage the remote workforce to practice active security hygiene, emphasizing on its importance in helping mitigate data loss and insider threats.

Businesses to learn adapt and stay strong in challenging times

Transition to the new work order–where the workforce is largely remote–may create blind spots and emergencies, even after taking adequate precautions. Businesses must, therefore, continuously identify and plug-in those gaps. The learning from these activities will enable continuous improvement and build a stronger data protection and security program to help effectively mitigate cyber risks and securely adapt to the changing work order.


Cybersecurity is Crucially Important for the Growth of New Digital India

June 22, 2020

BENGALURU, India – June 22, 2020

Everything is going to become more reliant than ever on their digital strategy. As the pandemic COVID-19 briskly spread out across the world, one of the most immediate challenges for businesses across sectors was to enable a mass transition to remote working and most of the service providers, including BFSI sectors significantly reduced their offline operations and asked their customers to embrace the digital form for any assistance. 70% of the company had already a digital transformation in place or were working on one. Digitalization efforts, especially the automation of IT and business processes, continue to grow among companies of all sizes, industries, and geographic locations. From the basic needs to the utmost luxuries, our lifestyle is now impacted by the internet. The world now firmly in the digital age, the hacking community has become more sophisticated, complicated, and complex than ever. Developing a hacking tool means that they are more difficult than ever and are hard to stop and protect against than ever before. As hacking becomes more advanced; the only way to stop it is for Cybersecurity to become superior.

According to the Research and Markets , the India data center market is expected to reach values of approximately $4 billion by 2024, growing at CAGR of around 9% during 2018-2024. Terminologies including digitization, automation, AI, cloud, social media, blockchain, IoT, and other such disruptive technologies are progressing at an enormous pace, totally exposing the data and other critical resources of an organization.

With the growing use of the internet, protecting our important data has become a necessity in our day to day life. Cyber-attack is one of the important security challenges that India and the world is facing today. 90% of the cyber-attacks are due to human error. With errors such as clicking on malicious links, opening an attachment, typing credentials in the fraudulent page, and using weak passwords but Good cyber hygiene is a general practice that can help us to keep safe and secure online. Practices like installing reputable antivirus and malware software, Use network firewalls, Updating software regularly, setting up with the strong password and multi-factor authentication, etc can keep us away from cyber attack.

Nowadays people are connected more remotely than ever and this kind of changes drastically the threat landscape for an organization – and more so from their Data perspective! After the lockdown, employees are still asked to work from home in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and it is giving a multitude of opportunities for the hackers and is causing an increase in the number of cyber-attacks on personal computer networks and routers“. said Mr. Prashanth G J, CEO at TechnoBind, “Data is stored in a digital format almost all across. But one need to understand that data in the digital form while comes with a lot of convenience and utility is also fraught with risk – and this risk has always been very high and with the sudden move to remote working, it has simply increased exponentially. The only way organizations can protect against these data breaches is adopting a two pronged approach – focusing equally on systems and process as well as security tools and technologies to adopt – just investing in one of these while ignoring the other is a recipe for disaster as one would have seen in many organizations across the world !And for a truly Digital India to emerge – we need the governmental support to form its compliance guidelines keeping in mind these new and continuously emerging threat vectors and more importantly strictly implement these compliance framework for the country.

Cybersecurity is equally important for the local, state, and central governments because these organizations maintain a large volume of confidential data and records related to the country and its citizens. It is also an important arena of the internet when the country is moving forward towards a cashless society and digitization. As the new innovations are adding to technology, hackers are getting even more advanced. The potential rewards increase exponentially for the hackers, on the other hand, there are also “state-sponsored” hackers who have switched to cybercrimes as a method of war, viewing it as cheaper, faster and easier than traditional conflict.

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About TechnoBind

TechnoBind is the first Specialist Distributor in the Indian IT channel space, offering a hybrid distribution model placed synergistically between broad-based and niche distribution, to deliver high business value for its reseller partners. TechnoBind helps partners to implement solutions, which solve specific business pain points arising out of the rapidly changing facets of technology for businesses. The company’s sole focus has been on technologies that help the customer handle his Data and the associated challenges of Data Treatment. For more information, visit http://technobind.com


R&M celebrates opening of New U.S. East Coast Office and Network Cabling Production Facility with Virtual Open House Ceremony

June 22, 2020

10,000-square-foot facility in Elkridge, Maryland services U.S. East Coast, Southern and Midwestern customers with consulting, production, support, and rapid delivery

BENGALURU, India, Wetzikon/Switzerland, ELKRIDGE, Md – June 22, 2020 – R&M, an innovative developer and manufacturer of high-quality network infrastructures, celebrated the opening of its new U.S. East Coast office and production facility in Elkridge, Maryland with a virtual open house on June 4. The video of the open house webcast, which includes a company introduction by R&M CEO Michel Riva, and executive presentations of the Elkridge facility, market trends and R&M solutions, is available here for review. R&M presented the open house webcast in place of an in-person event to follow COVID-19 social-distancing rules. R&M is planning an in-person open house for later this year after COVID-19 social-distancing rules are relaxed or no longer in effect.

R&M is a global company with over 10 production facilities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China, India, and Brazil. We are excited to continue our growth journey with the addition of the Elkridge production facility to provide a new level of service to our customers in the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United States. With production facilities on the United States East and West Coasts, R&M now has the necessary resources to serve customers throughout the United States, which is by far the largest market for network connectivity and cabling,” said R&M CEO Michel Riva.

The opening of the R&M office and production facility in Elkridge follows R&M’s acquisition of Elkridge-based Optimum Fiberoptics Inc. in 2019. The Optimum Fiberoptics acquisition and the new Elkridge facility mark an important milestone in R&M’s expansion from Switzerland to the United States, which began in 2016 with the acquisition of REALM Communications Group, Inc. in Milpitas, California.

The 10,000-square-foot office and production facility in Elkridge will serve R&M’s existing Eastern, Southern and Midwestern customer base, the fast-growing data center markets in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, and all military branches with military-grade assemblies such as TFOCA connectors, MIL-DTL-38999 connectors, and AN/MQJ switch box assemblies. The Elkridge facility can design for any needs and is fully equipped with R&M’s high-quality fiber and copper cabling products, ample production space and equipment to serve customer connectivity requirements including large orders and quick turnaround. Standardized production processes and integrated quality management guarantee the high quality of R&M’s solutions.

While R&M’s new office and production facility in Elkridge will serve our Eastern, Southern and Midwestern customers, we’ll maintain one line for customer service and technical sales support for customers throughout theUnited States,” said R&M USA President Christopher Stratas. “The Elkridge facility will enhance our mixture of global and local products for local area networks, data centers and public networks, and our unique ability to provide tailor-made, customized solutions for our customers.”

R&M’s East Coast open house video is available to view here and includes:

  • “R&M company introduction,” by R&M CEO Michel Riva
  • “The capabilities of R&M’s Elkridge facility,” with a tour by Jay Megan, founder of Optimum Fiberoptics Inc. and business manager at R&M
  • “Market trends outlook with a U.S. focus,” by R&M CMO Andreas Ruesseler
  • “Integration strategy for Optimum Fiberoptics and R&M’s position in the U.S. market today,” by R&M USA President Christopher Stratas

R&M later will announce and provide details for its in-person East Coast open house event planned for later this year pending the lifting of COVID-19 social-distancing rules.

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About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a leading global producer of future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. The company’s close collaboration with certified partners results in pioneering work in the sectors LAN, Public and Telecom Networks as well as Data Centers. The Swiss family company stands for innovation, quality, and customer orientation. Thanks to the innovative strength of the company, R&M now covers the entire connectivity range.

For more information: www.rdm.com.


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