Archive for ‘Compliance’

Turn Your Users Around

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but the mandatory breach notification laws will be in force in Australia next February (Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017). Having seen similar regulations in effect in North America, and with the knowledge that they’re also coming to Europe next year in the form of the EU GDPR, it is impossible for any business to ignore the issue of data security. Organizational change is necessary across the globe.

I was recently in Australia, and the new legislation was a very hot topic in meetings with both existing partners and new customers, bringing up a multitude of questions. From a general perspective, it’s fantastic that more and more organizations are wising up to security (and there are countless surveys to back this up), but from our experience, most seem to be struggling with the myriad of different ways to protect their data and the persistent threat of breaches.


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TITUS to Provide Solutions to NATO Agencies around the World

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

TITUS and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) recently signed a joint Master Service Agreement (MSA) that enables TITUS to supply our solutions to NCI Agency, NATO Member Nations and other NATO entities.

Cybersecurity is a major area of concern for NATO, and is considered the fourth domain of operations after air, land and water. NATO and its member agencies know that they need to be prepared to defend networks and operations against the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and attacks.


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Protecting Information in a Multi-Cloud World

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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Around our office there is a lot of talk about “hybrid Cloud” as we help our customers create strategies to safely migrate from on-premise to cloud storage and applications. A hybrid cloud strategy provides both flexibility and peace of mind, enabling organizations to ease into utilizing the Cloud at their pace. The actual challenge however is not finding the right balance between on-premise and the Cloud, but coping with the multitude of cloud options.

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Introducing Classification for Mac, offering the broadest Outlook coverage on the market

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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TITUS is excited to announce the addition of Outlook for Mac to our Classification for Outlook offering!

Email is everywhere.  It’s across various platforms and devices, even within a single organization.  While the majority of users may still be on Windows based computers, more and more are beginning to choose Macs.

According to Aberdeen Research, 20% of organizations have enterprise email installations that include both Windows and Mac. In isolation, this number may not seem particularly large, but often these Mac deployments are on desktops where the most sensitive information resides – primarily executive offices, as well as designers and developers.

If your efforts to secure the information transmitted via email is limited only to certain members of your organization, you are risking breaches of either your own intellectual property (IP), or of PII, PCI or PHI.  You don’t want to spill your secret sauce, or face the possibility of loss of consumer trust, market share, or substantial fines.
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The TITUS Experience

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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During a recent TITUS event, I had the opportunity to listen to a conversation between a deployed customer and another still in the planning phase that highlighted the classification challenges many organizations are facing. The questions being asked of the deployed customer weren’t technical ones, but focused on business transformation, such as:

  • How did you train your users on the meaning of the classification levels?
  • Would you recommend a full-fledged, single phase implementation or break it into several smaller phases?
  • How much did you choose to involve the workers in the application of classification at first?

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Preparing for EU GDPR

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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On 28th May 2018, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force with harsh fines and onerous implications. The primary goal of GDPR is to harmonize the protection of personal data across all EU member states. It will have an impact in the EU and around the world, affecting any organization that handles the personal data of EU residents. Don’t let that seemingly distant date delay you from starting to prepare.

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How Will ‘Brexit’ Impact EU GDPR Compliance?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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As a Brit who thinks our country is great, but also a European who spends a large part of his time travelling around the continent, I was shocked to find that the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union! If I’m honest with myself, I didn’t see it coming. My general impression of the British public is that, on the whole, we are conservative with a small “c” and typically vote to maintain the status quo. – the grass is very rarely greener…

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5 Email Policies to Save the Saints

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

I think that I communicate with my colleagues almost as much via email as through verbal communications – even those I share an office with. In fact, probably about a third of the verbal communications are social interaction rather than direct business discussion. In email, however, most of the communication with my colleagues contains business information, sometimes including large attachments containing sensitive strategic plans. And unlike a verbal conversation which is lost to the ether, email endures. So, while talking about business plans outside the office where someone might overhear has some risk to the company, sending an email to the wrong recipient can be significantly more damaging. Yet, organizations are still not protecting themselves from these accidental breaches.

As a case in point I offer you this example from the National Football League (NFL). It is reported that on July 1st, the New Orleans Saints intended to send an email to the NFL head office regarding their plans to pick up a player who was just put on waivers (released) by the Cleveland Browns. The email, however, was accidentally addressed to the entire league. In other words, they broadcast their plan to all of their competition.

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For EU GDPR Compliance, Accountability Starts with End Users

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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I was speaking at an event in Stockholm recently, and was preceded by an eminent lawyer in the field of data protection. He was telling the audience how, after years of discussion, the European Union’s new data protection framework, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, has finally been agreed upon. He gave lots of detail on the specific obligations organisations will now have to comply with to ensure the protection of personal data, but in essence his message boiled down to three things:

• You are accountable and need to be able to demonstrate compliance coherently across your processes, employees and systems
• If you get it wrong, it’s really going to hurt
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