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Avoid Tunnel Vision When Preparing for GDPR

The European Global Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the GDPR is a regulation that applies to any company that processes EU citizens’ data. The GDPR is universally applicable and does not require local governments to pass enabling legislation. read more

10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Migration to the Cloud

The cloud business in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region is growing, with total value expected to reach $2 billion in 2020. Today is the best day to start thinking about your first migration. Because now is the best time to use cloud technology to gain a market advantage before your competition does. read more

Robotics Practices in Central and Eastern European Manufacturing

Manufacturers in CEE have vast opportunities to utilize robotics across their value chains, and they have recently evinced more enthuasiasm in exploring them. That said, they also need to be aware of challenges that implementations may bring to their organizations and how to cope with them. read more

Digitize or Die – Core Central European Countries Prepare for Document Transformation

Since the advent of information technology, particularly since the Internet arrived, and even more so since smartphones and tablets started their conquest around the (office) world, paper documents were deemed to be a thing from the past. read more

High-Profile Cyber Attacks Should Serve as a Wake – Up Call for IoT Security

Three major security events have occurred in the past two months that have made the technology community — and the media — take notice. The first was a sustained DDoS attack on Krebs on Security, a high-profile and influential website run by veteran security blogger Brian Krebs. The attack was the biggest ever seen, at 620Gbps, and after three days of — successfully — defending it, Akamai, the provider that hosted Krebs on its platform pro bono, announced that it would have to pull the plug due to the ongoing cost of resisting the attack. Krebs on Security was offline for a week before Google stepped in with an offer to host the site through its Project Shield program. read more

Barriers to Biometrics are Tumbling While the Benefits Build Up – CEE Organizations Should Get Ready to Take the Leap

According to a new report by IDC, The Benefits of Biometric Security for CEE Organizations, the advent of widely available and affordable biometric technologies is allowing CEE organizations to consider biometric authentication as a viable alternative to password-based identity and access management (IAM). This is further supported by the growing development of authentication standards and application programming interfaces (APIs). read more

IDC's Overview of EMEA Market and Trends — a Talk with Steven Frantzen, Senior Vice President, EMEA Region

Economic and political developments have an important influence on ICT investment and spending trends throughout EMEA, and thus directly affect vendors and users alike, though their impact often varies depending on the maturity of a country’s economy and the sophistication of its ICT infrastructure. Moreover, the relationship between GDP trends and ICT spending trends is not always so apparent, as the introduction of new products (e.g., tablets, smartphones) may lead to sudden spurts of growth in ICT investment, even in a weak economy. And, importantly, a lot of other factors are driving transformation and growth in the ICT industry today, in particular the impact of technology transition and digital transformation, which together pose a challenge to the future of almost every organization and business in the world read more

Interview with George Kanellopoulos, Information Security Operations Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic

Information security is gaining ground in our company as we evolve, and we monitor this area very closely. Hopefully we will not have any serious incidents, we are not a very high-profile company in terms of risks. Our main business is to bottle and distribute Coca Cola products in 28 countries, so we can’t be compared to, for example, a financial institution when it comes to information security. Nevertheless, we do have our “crown jewels”, such as our brand. And reputation for us is key. So, in fact, this makes brand protection one very important aspect of our business. read more

The Internet of Things in Central and Eastern Europe – Driving Change, Bringing Opportunity

The Internet of Things (IoT) market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is gaining significant momentum as both vendors and end-users — businesses, governments, and other organizations — have begun to make concrete plans to capture the opportunity this technology represents. read more

IDC Survey Notes Emerging IT Trends in Southeastern Europe Led by Big Data, Cyber Security, Mobile Apps, and Private Cloud

According to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) research conducted among end users who attended the IDC SEE Forum 2016 in Dubrovnik this summer, CIOs see themselves moving away from traditional operative roles and focusing on becoming leaders of their company’s digital transformation or changing their organization into a true internal service provider. read more