Data security – who can we trust?

As fresh information (or is it disinformation?) emerges over the alleged security breach of Kaspersky software, how can we trust the software and systems that we use and depend on every day?  With GDPR just around the corner it would be ironic if as resellers we were selling systems to customers that actually perpetuated data leakage rather than prevented it.

The short term question that I’m wondering is how do we know what products and vendors to trust and is the Kaspersky revelation just the tip of the iceberg?

Given fallout from the Snowden affair suggesting the US propagated malware of its own in a bid to mine intelligence data; and that now not just one but two governments appear to have piggy backed on Kaspersky’s products, it seems only right that we should be very concerned.

Increasingly, it appears almost futile to prevent if not limit the dissemination of our personal data to the multitude of online service providers whose services we use each day, but as business owners, demonstrating duty of care will be even more challenging.

As part of our GDPR readiness toolkit we have already been reviewing our product portfolio to ensure that we have appropriate solutions for our customers data protection needs. You can be assured were not taking this Kaspersky incident lightly and that we will apply even more stringent due diligence tests in the future.

Contact us if you are concerned about GDPR or the security products and solutions that you currently use.


Written by Graeme Davis

Managing Director at IT Foundations Limited. A successful IT consultancy, system integrator and software developer based in Edinburgh.