The inauguration of Data Protection Day in 2007 signified the importance of securing sensitive information in a world where poor data security hygiene is impacting both enterprises and consumers. Fourteen years on, and the discussion around the use of data and data privacy is more pertinent than ever. For enterprises, the ability to collect and mine data has exploded as business processes are digitalised. 

This digital transformation was accelerated further due to the pandemic, which forced many businesses to re-evaluate how employees could access data securely without compromising privacy from their new work-from-home offices. In fact, over half of UK business leaders admitted that shifting to the cloud saved their company from collapse during the height of the pandemic. This all sounds promising but the security risks associated with rushing into cloud services will not only impact the integrity of data but also potentially jeopardise compliance with data privacy and security regulations like GDPR. 

The distraction of the pandemic has already presented a serious challenge for organisations trying to keep their systems secure. On top of this, they are also tasked with keeping up with privacy demands. Nevertheless, it is not a valid excuse for any business to overlook its data security and privacy commitments, especially as pandemic-related cyberattacks has grown. Cybercriminals have been persistent with their attempts to exploit cloud systems using common methods like phishing, which have been largely COVID-themed, malware and cryptomining. Additionally, hackers have been quick to compromise cloud services through unpatched vulnerabilities and cloud misconfigurations, which are both triggered by human error. If security hygiene continues to be neglected, then any hope for cloud and data security will be gone.

As we enter the next era of cloud computing, the safety and privacy of data has become vital. Organisations can no longer afford to overlook security and must

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