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A Tale of Safe Cities

B. S. Teh, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Seagate Technology | April 15, 2016
Will the Internet of Things (IoT) and video surveillance be the key to ensuring public safety in Asia?

Adding to the decline in public trust following an information leak, insufficient data protection only adds to the budgetary strain IT departments are facing, with the average data breach costing $5.4 million, according to the Ponemon Institute.

To counter this, Gartner suggests that IoT platforms that are fragmented should be bound together to form a better ecosystem where data is shared more broadly. Similarly, IT managers will need to be responsive to threats and employ other measures other than traditional blocking to guard against cyber security issues. The use of 'user and entity behavior analytics, will help fulfill the adaptive security architecture', and help to strengthen the core of an IT infrastructure system.

To protect themselves, city leaders and organisations need to take a holistic approach - one that includes technologies like anti-virus protection, firewalls, network encryption, in addition to effective people-focused policies. One of the first and easiest steps to take is to ensure that data is stored in self-encrypting drives (SEDs) to help secure devices and data from unauthorized access.

As digital cameras allow for greater resolution and clarity, they also create a pressing need for more digital storage capacity. Hence, local governments, businesses, police and security agencies should look to investing in a drive that can run smoothly round the clock, have the capacity to store HD content, and possess an in-built data recovery solution to prevent all possible data loss.


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