Is your LMS secure?

Data breaches not only embarrass an organization and damage its customers’ confidence; they are costly as well – according to the 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis published by IBM and Ponemon Institute in June, the average total cost of a data breach globally increased from $3.79 million in 2015 to $4 million in 2016.

The average total organizational cost of a data breach in the US this year is $7.01 million (2015: $6.53 million), in Germany, $5.01 million (2015: $4.89 million), and in the UK, $3.95 million (2015: $3.70 million). And those numbers don’t include the potential reputation damage an organization can suffer in the marketplace once word of the breach spreads.

 

LMS Security Matters

Saas based LMS, Cloud LMS, learning management system cloud, secure lmsNot surprisingly, protecting important data stored on organizational IT systems is a key concern of many executives. In addressing application security management it is critical that organizations should not overlook their Learning Management Systems (LMSs).

Can you be sued for where your HR data lives?

Patrick Baillie, CloudSigma CEO, recently wrote a primer in Forbes magazine on EU vs. US data privacy and disclosure requirements. You can read his article, Can European Firms Legally Use U.S. Clouds To Store Data, here.

His main point is that the two systems’ divergent claims on SaaS providers cannot be mediated — in short, Baillie says that if you work with a US provider or even a US data center physically located in the EU, you may have put yourself and your company at considerable risk under EU regulations.

He may or may not be right, at least about the data center part. I would think (I would hope) that EU physical presence means that local jurisdiction trumps foreign government claims via US-based group companies.

The jury’s still out on this issue. Right or wrong however, the article is worth reading.