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It’s Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2014

There won’t be fireworks, wrapped presents, holiday decorations, days off from work and school or any of the other things typically associated with holidays, but Data Privacy Day is well worth acknowledging.

After all, data is the lifeblood of most organizations around the world and plays a significant role in the lives of most of us as individuals as well.  If it is stolen or altered in any way, it can spell disaster ─ financial devastation, ruined reputations and more.

Europe has long made data privacy a priority, going as far as to create a holiday of sorts around it ─ Data Protection Day ─ commemorating the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108. Convention 108 was the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

The United States and Canada decided to get into the spirit of things too. In 2008, they launched their version of the European initiative ─ “Data Privacy Day.”  It is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated cybersecurity education and awareness,

Held each year on January 28, Data Protection Day and Data Privacy Day are now part of an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.  Sponsors include some of the big names in the information technology field, including Peak 10 technology partner, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook and ADP.

January 28 is today, and here’s what you can expect for this year’s Data Privacy Day.

Organizations ranging from The Pew Charitable Trusts to Brown University are hosting panel discussions, film screenings, town hall meetings, webinars and other events in order to share information and resources related to data privacy.  You’ll find a list of events here. Many will extend beyond today, reinforcing the importance of keeping data privacy top of mind all the time and not just on a single designated day.  A number of useful resources are also available at the National Cyber Security Alliance web site.

Peak 10 is doing its part to promote the importance of data privacy in conjunction with the international initiative, and will host the Peak 10 Data Privacy Expert Roundtable Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 pm EST.  Data security experts from various companies will join Peak 10’s in-house experts for an online discussion on data privacy best practices with a special focus on data security in the cloud.  For more information and to register, visit this page.

Of course, data security is not just a one-day event at Peak 10. It’s a 24/7/365 commitment, and at the core of what Peak 10 provides.  Whether using secure public, private, recovery or hybrid cloud services, managed colocation or any number of managed services, customers count on Peak 10 to ensure the security, integrity and accessibility of their critical data.

In addition to employing industry-leading security measures in all aspects of its operations, Peak 10 stands out from other cloud and data center service providers because of its strong emphasis on regulatory compliance.  By providing the necessary security controls and documented processes to meet a number of regulatory requirements, Peak 10 eases the burden on customers that are subject to these compliance regulations ─ and further strengthens its ability to keep customer data safe.

So don’t miss the opportunity to hear what Peak 10 experts and their IT security colleagues have to say about data privacy at the February 5 roundtable discussion. And Happy Data Privacy Day!

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