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Indian businesses lost $1 mn from data loss in one year: EMC
Indian businesses lost over $1 million from data loss and downtime in the last 12 months, a survey by EMC Corporation -- the world's largest data storage multinational -- revealed on Tuesday.
 
"Organisations are getting better at protecting themselves against traditional threats to data but new threats mean that despite progress, more businesses are losing data than before," said Ripu Bajwa, Country Manager-Data Protection Solutions at EMC in a statement.
 
Highlighting the growing challenges of protecting data, the research commissioned by EMC and carried out by technology market research provider Vanson Bourne revealed that average cost of data loss to Indian organisations was more than $114,000 while globally, the costs was more than $914,000. 
 
In India, 46% of organisations suffered unplanned system downtime and/or data loss due to an external or internal security breach, the study found.
 
While majority (over 80%) of businesses think that their organisation's current data protection solution will not enable them to meet all future business challenges, Cloud is changing the game for Indian organisations when it comes to data protection.
 
In India, on average, 34% of organisations have their IT environment in public Cloud and more than 60% organisations believe that not all their data stored in the Cloud is protected.
 
"Our customers are facing a rapidly evolving data protection landscape on a number of fronts, whether it's to protect modern cloud computing environments or to shield against devastating cyber attacks. Our research shows that many businesses are unaware of the potential impact and are failing to plan for them, which is a threat in itself," noted David Goulden, CEO, EMC Information Infrastructure.
 
Nearly half (54%) of organisations surveyed in India were not very confident they could fully recover their systems or data in the event of data loss or unexpected systems downtime. 
 
Moreover, only 42% of respondents said they were confident that their solutions would be able to keep pace with the faster performance and new capabilities of flash storage. 
 
Ransomware is dramatically raising the stakes when it comes to cyber security. 
 
"We're moving from theft, which is costly, to potential catastrophe. There are forces at play now that aren't satisfied with just stealing your money; they want to destroy your entity. You can either start taking these threats seriously or start looking for a hole to crawl into," Goulden added.
 
To address the threats, EMC has announced to launch a new "Isolated Recovery Solutions" line to help organisations "air gap" a protection instance of their data from the networked enterprise.
 
The EMC-sponsored global research survey covered IT decision-makers at 2,200 organisations to index data protection maturity, threats and trends.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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WorldMate: For the Frequent Traveller
WorldMate is a great app for air-travellers. Download the app for iOS, Blackberry or Android and create a simple login and password for yourself. All ticketing is nowadays done online. So, when you get your e-ticket by email, just forward that email to trips@worldmate.com. You will instantly get a confirmation by email and, within minutes, your itinerary will be magically organised in your app. It will carry your flight details, dates, PNR number and all other relevant information. If you go for the paid version, it will update your GMail calendar and also give you flight alerts by SMS. 
 
If you have hired a car or booked a hotel, it will also show up. Even restaurant open table options are available. If not, the app will send you some attractive offers for these, for your destination location. You also have the option to manually update your itinerary online and it will reflect automatically in your app. You can easily share your travel plans with friends and family and even let your friends know on social media about your travel destinations.
 
The paid version gives you updates about your flights, currency, world clock and weather forecast. A must-have app for the global traveller. https://goo.gl/0jbWSP

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Apple may block iPhone from taking photos, videos at concerts
Filming videos and clicking photographs at live concerts may soon be a thing of the past, as Apple is working on a technology that could disable photo and video functionality at events.
 
The company won approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday for a patent it applied for in 2009 relating to its cameras and their interaction with infrared signals, reports independent.co.uk. 
 
According to online music magazine Pitchfork, in some cases, the device could use the infrared data to show a user information related to a nearby object, such as an exhibit in a museum. 
 
In other cases, the device could use the infrared data to disable the device's recording functions. As an example, the patent includes an illustration of a band performing onstage as a camera screen shows the text "recording disabled". 
 
While the technology might be aimed at preventing copyright infringement, it could come with the added bonus of improving the concert-going experience. 
 
Artists like Adele, Jack White and Zooey Deschanel have publicly expressed displeasure about the throng of phones at concerts.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

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