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What can we learn from China's "Draconian" cyber-security bill?

In November of last year, China’s parliament rubber-stamped a controversial cyber security law. The legislation, which is due to become effective from June 1 2017, is designed to combat what the Chinese government regards as the critical threats of hacking and cyber terrorism.

In effect, those businesses who wish to make inroads into the Chinese market are faced with a choice: either comply with the new rules (thereby allowing the Chinese authorities access to proprietary information which was previously private) - or bar themselves from the market.

Foration's Tips and Predictions for Compliant IT in 2017

As we approach the end of a year of dramatic change, attention turns to the future. To look at the coming year and what it may hold in store for IT services. Particular attention will be in relation to IT compliance. The need for systems and organisations to operate on the right side of the regulations in an era of data protection and cyber-threats will be more acute than ever.

A definitive checklist for compliance in cloud data storage

“The use of outsourcing to the cloud and other third party IT services can have a positive impact on competition in financial services”

This quote, taken from the current FCA guidelines on cloud-based data storage, highlights the idea that, not only are cloud-services approved, but they can bring significant benefits.

6 steps to FCA-compliant data storage

If you’re a company who operate under the compliance regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) then you need to be aware of your responsibilities when it comes to storing data. Ensuring that all reasonable measures have been implemented in relation to the safety, security and integrity of data is a critical component of your corporate diligence and duty. The FCA making this point abundantly clear on their data compliance fact sheet, available via their website.

Is Office365 FCA-compliant?

The most recent Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) guidelines, published in November 2015 highlights specific criteria that needs to be met by financially regulated companies who are migrating their IT systems to the cloud, in whole or in part.

The authority make clear they allow for the use of cloud-based services, including public services such as Office 365, saying:

"We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented"

10 questions to ask your cloud provider about FCA compliance

While the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have given their approval for companies to outsource their IT and data storage to third party cloud providers, the consent comes with a number of guidelines, issued to ensure that such providers remain compliant.

Why your mobile is not safe.

So you have just got the latest and greatest mobile phone, only to have the buzz shift a week later to the new model that has just been announced.

Three cloud services that can change your business for the better.

Unless you move to the Gobi Desert and live like a biblical hermit, you cannot avoid the word “Cloud”. Whilst we appreciate that it is overused, there just isn’t a better word in the market that describes or conveys the message any better.

Get on Board - The New Digital Economy

Technology and innovation have always driven change, from advances in engineering leading the industrial revolution, to conflict creating innovative medical procedures. It just can’t be stopped. We have all been part of this latest change and we are all continuing to drive it.

Data Compliance - Big Brother is Watching EU

Whatever views you may have on Europe, there is no getting away from the fact that the UK is a member state of the European Union, and as such we are tied to the rulings and governing laws that the EU states pass.

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