Data Security Twitter chat

https://media.kingston.com

Data security is a topic close to our hearts. As an industry leader, we are constantly striving to educate and share our knowledge on a number of technology related subjects and Data Security is a major concern for all.

We recently hosted our second Twitter chat on @kingstontechbiz following the great success of our first. Having invited a number of the top independent, data security experts to contribute, we were privileged to read some truly insightful thoughts and shared them with our followers.

To add a touch of competition to the discussion, we offered the most engaged user a prize of a DataTraveler 2000 32GB USB device.
Here are the questions and responses we shared during that exciting hour.

Q1 – What are the applications for encrypted USBs in a cloud-centric world?

What are the applications for encrypted USBs in a cloud-centric world?

“Transferring data is still a challenge when that data needs extra protection. One option is to use an encrypted drive and postal mail.” Brent Kirkpatrick @BrentKirkPatri3

“Both hardware and #cloud are as secure as the people and processes that stand behind them.” Elena Carstoiu @elenacarstoiu

What are the applications for encrypted USBs in a cloud-centric world?

“Minimising the amount of systems, entities, personal must reduce the risk of breach by using encrypted USB, increase risk of loss hence availability...” David Clarke @1DavidClarke

Q2 – Is hardware more secure than cloud? What are the risks for both?

Is hardware more secure than cloud? What are the risks for both?

“Having hardware locally under your fingertips is different than accessing someone else's cloud. If the power goes out, if there is a hurricane or fire, then having local hardware can make a huge difference.” Brent Krikpatrick @BrentKirkpatri3

“Possibly another question is – Is hardware more available than cloud? As USBs are always on, regardless of connectivity.” Nige Wilson @nigewilson

Q3 – How will USBs/cloud contribute to the future of the digital workplace and flexible employment?

“I think USBs become not so needed (if we are talking about average usage) when competitive cloud systems will have proper level of security or at least somehow guarantee level of cyber sec.” Jurijs Rapoports @JurijRapoport

How will USBs/cloud contribute to the future of the digital workplace and flexible employment?

“Digitalisation is transforming and redefining workplace. We are seeing employees collaborate more and less data having to be moved via traditional mediums.” Steve Mambo @mambo_sm

Q4 – How do the challenges of data security differ between consumer, enterprise and data centre?

“Consumers want to avoid accidental erasure. Enterprises want to track changes introduced by multiple people. Data centres need to manage storage and analysis of masses of data used for big data applications. #KingstonCognate” @Brent Kirkpatrick @BrentKirkPatri3

How do the challenges of data security differ between consumer, enterprise and data centre?

“Big differences as the requirements are so different, personal data requirements could be to access data on a flight or an area without connectivity, data centre usually means a level of differing availability, local, country or global availability.” David Clarke @1DavidClarke

“If you use a datacentre you need to be able to audit and a watertight SLA.” Ellie Hurst @Advent_IM_Comms

“Data centre is responsible for protecting their own network and physical devices. Enterprise is responsible for protecting their own applications and ensuring proper configuration of their #cloud space. Consumer needs educations about risks.” NexWebSites @NexWebSites

Q5 – Does your organisation have any concerns about the logistics of rolling out encrypted USBs?

Does your organisation have any concerns about the logistics of rolling out encrypted USBs?

“The use of encrypted USBs if used correctly and adhering to ISO/IEC/#GDPR best practices around information management should not be of more concern to organisations than their other storage solutions.” Iain Brown @IainLJBrown

Q6 – What are the alternatives to banning #USB ports?

What are the alternatives to banning #USB ports?

What are the alternatives to banning #USB ports?

“Banning USBs is one form of data leakage prevention, but if you are that draconian, then you really need to think about banning smart phones, laptops and email too.” Simon Walkden‏ @SimonWalkden

“Banning USB ports is a sledgehammer to crack a walnut - good policy, AV protection, encryption etc. should be the answer - I see less & less organisations disabling USB ports.” Nige Willson‏ @nigewillson

Q7 – How do the challenges of data security differ between consumer, enterprise and data centre?

“In total, people want to buy something “more secure”, when they have understanding why they need it, if they are forced to do it (by government for example) or if something went wrong already.” Rapoports @JurijRapoport

Q8 – Do certifications sway your decisions about buying encrypted products?

“Being certified in anything always helps sway a purchase decision. Just like making a hiring decision, the most qualified wins.” Virtual Clarity @virtualclarity

“Sometimes certifications show a good standard. It maybe they can hold back the use of great tech which is far superior…” David Clarke @1DavidClarke

“Yes adherence to industry standards should be key in any buying decision.” Iain Brown PhD @IainLJBrown


As technology progresses and the call for further and further secure methods of transferring and holding data continues, we are beholden to people and their practices. We rely on individuals and their morality to a high degree…but for how long?

We were very pleased to announce the winners of the #KingstonCognate #DataSecurity twitter chat for most engaged individual were…Brent Kirkpatrick‏ @BrentKirkpatri3 and NexWebSites | Custom Software Developers‏ @NexWebSites.

Well done! Both received our DataTraveler 2000 32GB USB device.

Thanks again to all those who took part and if you would like to learn more on data security and other topics, @KingstonTechBiz will be hosting monthly twitter chats and we invite you to take part.

For information about how COVID-19 has affected our business operations, click here.