Data Protection versus Cloud Computing – Public Clouds

March 2, 2012 by Leave a comment 

Since a fairly long time, two little words are on their way: Cloud Computing.  Cloud Computing is a concept from IT-Management and has the aim – described easily – that the IT-domains will not be operated via the user anymore but rather via one or more service providers. The data and applications will not be found on the local computer or data processing service center but rather will be stored in the so-called Cloud.

The concept of Cloud Computing has the aim to present the liberty, to provide services from any place in the world. However, the liberty of these Clouds will be initially limited in Europe. Reason for that is the restrictive Data Protection regulation. Read more »

Protect your data and database against social engineering

November 6, 2010 by Leave a comment 

According to security experts, it is much easier for attackers to gain access to confidential company data or IT system by manipulating employees, rather than using cracking techniques. This act is known as social engineering.

In computer security, social engineering is a term that describes a non-technical kind of intrusion that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking other people to break normal security procedures. Consequently, not only DBAs or IT personnel but all the company employees should be aware of common methods used by the so-called “social engineers” in order to protect their data and databases from such attacks. Read more »

Data protection rules for a DBA

January 22, 2010 by Leave a comment 

Below I’d like to touch on the European Union’s data protection rules in order to encourage database administrators (DBAs) to be careful with sensitive company and individual’s information that you work with.

The data protection rules established by the European Union help give people control of their personal data. They set high standards for businesses that collect and use this data – especially sensitive data like health information, sexual preference, religious, political or ideological views or prior criminal offences. Read more »

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