Do you support Remote Wipe?”. We still get this question. And it is usually clear that the prospect is running down a checklist of things someone gave them to ask — or they’re simply looking through a competitor’s datasheet and rattling off the bullets they see in there.

Do you have Bitlocker?”, I ask him. “Yes”, he beams proudly. “90% of our laptops run Windows 10. And we’ve got Bitlocker turned ON for all of them”.

So, you have Bitlocker?“, I ask him. “Why do you still worry about Remote Wipe?

It was clear to me he hadn’t connected the…


Encryption pervades all aspects of our lives today. We utilize it as a matter of course without even giving it a second thought. That book you ordered for your Kindle library last night, the message you sent your friend on WhatsApp this morning, the agreement you digitally signed just now — all these acts used encryption, or the science of Cryptography.

A bit of history

The desire to keep and hold secrets is ageless. Cryptography in the form of basic ciphers, has existed from the times of the Greek and Roman civilizations. These were rudimentary in nature and mainly designed to obfuscate messages so they didn’t make sense if they fell into the wrong hands. An early example called the Caesar Cipher basically shifted characters by 3 places (e.g. A = D, B = E, C = F, and so on). Such a cipher is called a substitution cipher. A modern example, called ROT13 is a modified version of the Caesar cipher that simply shifts…


In conversations with customers over the last 4–6 months, I am sensing a real need for a strong, enterprise class solution that allows them to securely share content with entities outside their organization. Many times, these could be short-term engagements they have with vendors, attorneys, consultants etc. — but require content of a confidential nature to be shared.

Most available solutions focus on protecting the content itself using DRM/IRM techniques, but what I’ve learned is that when enterprises talk about content sharing, it is much more than simply encrypting files. Companies struggle with the whole process starting from user management…


As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the kind of year it has been, and how I feel we’re shaping up for 2019.

Cloud

Without a doubt, 2018 was the year of the public cloud. The global market grew at an unprecedented pace, with India leading in terms of widespread cloud adoption. Just as a market for public cloud services, India will likely end the year at a size of roughly USD 2.5B and is well on its way to being over a USD 4B market by 2020. Catalyzed by…


Most mid-size companies I have spoken to about GDPR compliance mainly seem concerned about one thing — and that is seeking consent. Many of them are scrambling, reaching out to customers, asking to reconfirm their marketing information and/or to get re-permission for email marketing.

GDPR and CONSENT

And with good reason. The GDPR is mainly designed to protect personal data of private subjects of the EU. It is now imperative to seek explicit consent from respective individuals before using their data in any way. Automatic consent (pre-filled checkboxes), for example, aren’t allowed any more. Consent must be sought using unambiguous language. …


How much safer does it make your endpoint?

Microsoft recently announced a useful feature for OneDrive enterprise users. Administrators can now use Group Policy Objects to prompt users to redirect known Windows folders, such as Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Screenshots, and Camera Roll to OneDrive.

Such redirection was possible earlier as well, but by making it available via easy-to-use AD GPO, Microsoft has made life much easier for administrators.

Why is this good news? Because OneDrive for Business is inherently a sync client focused on ensuring that the contents of one folder on your endpoint (namely the OneDrive folder) are synchronized…


Have you been receiving a raft of emails from several companies you did (or didn’t) do business with, informing you of their updated privacy policies?

If so, well, then you have General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to thank. The sweeping new data privacy regulation is now in force, and applies to all companies collecting and processing personal data of EU subjects. In fact Google and Facebook were hit with lawsuits to the tune of $8.8B the very day GDPR came into effect. …


This question came up at a GDPR event at which I recently spoke. Most of the attendees were from their respective Legal, GRC, or CISO offices; a legally astute, but also a very technical audience. One of the speakers who went up before I did, brought this up — as he was trying to draw the distinction between different types of cyber threats. The point the speaker made was that, while Ransomware can be painful for an organization to experience, it is not really data theft — since the attacker isn’t actually stealing your data. …


March 31 is World Backup Day! I actually wasn’t aware until someone told me of this recently. Having spent a good part of my career developing backup solutions, I thought it was quite fitting that something that is considered so routine, automatic, and taken for granted should have its own day to be remembered and celebrated. And in a tongue-in-cheek fashion the World Backup Day happens to fall on the day before April 1; a sly hint suggesting that if you don’t backup your data, you could be a fool on All Fool’s Day! …


The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is set to come into effect in roughly 4 months. And while a lot has been written about it, not enough is being said about the need to have a solid data backup strategy.

Here’s why it’s increasingly important, especially in the light of GDPR.

What is GDPR?

For those only just tuning into this conversation, earlier in 2016 the EU Commission — the executive arm of European Union — passed Europe’s new law on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation, which is expected to come into effect on May 25, 2018.

What you need to…

Anand Prahlad

Over 25 years of experience in building enterprise software solutions, CEO - Parablu, Ex-MD & Head of McAfee’s R&D Center in India, Ex-SVP CommVault.

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