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Disruptive News – Chris Harris, Thales Group

Disruptive News – Chris Harris, Thales Group

CHRIS HARRIS [00:00:14] Hi, I’m Chris Harris, I’m a technical director at Thalas in our Cloud Protection and Licencing Division. I spend most of my time working with companies who are looking to protect their data, protect their identities, and especially now with the increasing move to the cloud.

[00:00:29] Thales CPL really focuses on helping enterprise customers with their data protection challenges. We all know that data is growing at a phenomenal rate and it’s becoming, you know, even more, critical in today’s environment to ensure that it’s properly protected, to make sure that it’s secured, and to make sure that access to it is really only possible by authoriser machines and authorised users. And so that’s what we spend most of our time focussing on.

[00:01:03] Every day should be data privacy day. It’s a day when we’re asked to take it a little bit seriously as individuals, but as organisations as well. And it’s especially important at a time when regulators are looking to clamp down on companies with fines, they’re looking to put control increasingly back in the hands of citizens. And so data privacy day is really a reminder of that. It’s an ask to the industry to focus on it. And it’s a reminder to the individual that they should be taking this thing seriously. It’s probably even more crucial this year with covid-19 driving the world online. It’s got almost every industry forced to roll out solutions to the Cloud. Everybody’s working from home. A lot of people are working on their own devices or personal devices rather than corporate ones. And so it’s really important that organisations make sure that everything is properly secured, that they’re aware of where the data is, that we’re very aware of who’s accessing it, and that they’ve got really strong, remote working policies in place. And really, that’s through three key things organisations need to discover, find out what data they have, find out where it’s kept. They need to protect that information. They may need to make sure it’s encrypted. It’s protected from people who shouldn’t access it because attacks are becoming ever more present and a little bit easier with the move to the way we’re working right now. And they need to make sure that they’ve got proper control. They need to make sure that organisations have got policies, procedures around that data to make sure that it’s only accessed by the processes and the people who should and to make sure that every attempt to access it by anything that’s unauthorised is logged, reported and alarmed.

[00:03:11] So we’re really focused on enterprise customers. These are organisations that provide services to consumers. So financial organisations, government, Telco and in fact any service organisation, which is an increasing number of companies today. It used to be that the kind of products we sell was very specialist. They were only used by those who were most concerned about security. But today, really, that’s everybody is everything’s moved online. As we all transact, we shop, we communicate online. Really, that’s expanded to pretty much every organisation you can imagine.