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It’s a senior leadership team’s worst nightmare — a breach of customer data where sensitive information is leaked onto the web or ends up in the hands of hackers and scammers. We’ve seen this story play out too many times over recent years.
The databases sitting at the heart of your business are likely feeding numerous applications to deliver services to your employees, customers, and partners. New Zealand's new beefed-up Privacy Act, which went into force on December 1, 2020, creates a good opportunity to review your database security and privacy measures.
The good news is that many organisations are running Microsoft SQL Server databases and as one of the world’s most popular database platforms, SQL Server comes with some excellent built-in security features as well as compliance management tools you can take advantage of.
Database managers and senior business leaders still need to consider their responsibilities under the new Act but at least you've got a head start in terms of the tools you need.
The main Privacy Act changes boil down to the following:
While the fine may seem trifling when compared with the European Union's regime, that's not really the point of the Act or your compliance with it. If you're being fined it's for avoiding the obvious need to take care of personal information and the risk is more about reputation than financial penalty. But if that's not enough, the Privacy Commissioner can also refer breaches to the Human Rights Tribunal, where cases can attract much higher fines.
These are all pretty straightforward steps to take to ensure you're not caught out by anyone trying to access private information. For a more thorough look at your database management systems and what else you can do to protect your data, let us know. At Datacom, we understand Microsoft SQL databases inside out and can advise you on your database environment, help you migrate your existing database infrastructure to the cloud, and assist you in navigating the complex world of database licensing.
We offer a simple managed service, providing ongoing support and maintenance of your databases and licensing so you can focus on your core business.
Get in touch to find out how your business can utilise Microsoft SQL Server with Datacom’s database management solution.
Anna is a SQL database administrator based in Wellington. Responsible for over 50 production databases, Anna is an expert on security and data protection for SQL databases.