Encrypting USB Drives with BitLocker

With GDPR encrypting USB drives with BitLocker is an easy way to help to secure personal data.

Part of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation – more here https://technologytamed.com/gdpr/) is assessing the way you store customer data. Some businesses backup to removable USB drives which are then taken offsite. Or use removable USB drives to transport data. If personal data is stored in this way a GDPR recommendation is that the device is encrypted.  If you have Windows 10 Professional or Ultimate encrypting USB drives with BitLocker is relatively easy.

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Update re Ransomware

The ransomware that has affected the NHS and other computers exploits security flaws in the old versions of Windows – specifically Windows XP, Vista, 8, Server 2003 and 2008. Microsoft have issued a security update for these operating systems. Once it has accessed a computer it spreads around the organisation using a flaw in Microsoft’s SMB protocol.

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IT Housekeeping for Businesses: January = Passwords

Throughout 2016 security firms such as Symantec were reporting that small businesses were increasingly being targeted.  The hope is that this won’t be repeated in 2017, but January is a good time to review the first, most basic, tool for security.  Passwords.

January Passwords

“43% of all attacks are now targeted at small businesses,” she said. “They are paying the price for being online.” 
Sian John, a chief strategist at Symantec.

(See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/04/12/cybercriminals-target-half-their-attacks-at-small-businesses/ )

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