Matthew Johns, Product Marketing Manager, EMEA

Matthew Johns, Product Marketing Manager, EMEA

Matthew is a member of the CenturyLink marketing team. He has over 20 years' experience in the IT, cloud and hosting industry gained in a variety of roles spanning project management to product release and product marketing. Matthew has a key focus on Digital Transformation and Cyber Security, including how organisations can best transition to the cloud and secure their critical assets - particularly with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looming ever closer..

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Cyber insurance: a developing demand?

Cybersecurity is an increasingly expensive threat to business, with Lloyd’s of London recently warning that a serious cyberattack could cost the global economy in excess of £92 billion. Aside from major disruption to infrastructure, there are significant reputational costs of being subject to a data breach, as well as substantial fines - particularly in light of the forthcoming GDPR. With the dangers of cyberattacks on the rise, along with the threat of serious consequential financial damage, many companies are turning to cyber insurance in an effort to protect themselves against the risks.

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AI in the insurance sector, how can it be used?

The potential impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) upon various professional sectors has sparked off lively discussions over recent years. But despite doomsday predictions of computers taking over the world, at present AI is predominantly being developed for businesses to improve efficiency, increase automation and - perhaps most importantly - more effectively manage and analyse big data.

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Implications of IoT on the insurance sector

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the implementation of internet connectivity to all manner of everyday appliances, buildings, clothing, vehicles and other physical 'things'. From the humble toaster to fully autonomous vehicles and smart homes, everything tangible is gradually becoming Wi-Fi enabled. It has been estimated that IoT will consist of around 30 billion objects by 2020.

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Car insurance in the age of autonomous vehicles

Many column inches have been devoted over the past couple of years to discussions of how driverless cars, trucks and taxis are set to revolutionise road transport. Conservative predictions for the rollout of autonomous vehicles on Britain's roads generally range from 5 - 10 years and much of the driverless technology has already been developed. The spectre of autonomous vehicles raises many questions for insurers, some of which we will explore below.

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Computing Security Excellence Awards 2017

Computing Security Excellence Awards 2017

CenturyLink are excited to announce that we have been named as the winner of the Managed Security Award in the 2017 Computing Security Excellence Awards. We've been helping businesses around the world to secure their business critical systems, applications and data for a number of years, and see this recognition as a validation of our strategy and services.

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How will GDPR affect insurance companies in the UK?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a proposed set of rules which aim to implement a stricter and more uniform data privacy regime right across the European Union. The EU institutions agreed on the scope and detail of the GDPR towards the end of 2015 and it is due to come into force on 25 May 2018. It will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive - implemented in the UK by the Data Protection Act (DPA) - and will supersede the privacy laws of every EU state with immediate effect. How does this affect Insurance?

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Law firms: compliance and resilience in the cloud

Moving into the cloud should be a key objective in the digital transformation strategy of any law firm. Providing a remote infrastructure can free up the time of in-house IT staff to focus on product innovation and makes it easier to roll out agile working for fee earners. Furthermore, hosted services can reduce overall IT costs and improve infrastructure resilience and data security and compliance.

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Getting ready for the General Data Protection Regulation?

Almost everyone must know by now that the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) is coming into force next year. However, many businesses are still unsure where to begin with preparing to be compliant with the regulation. CenturyLink's new relationship with Company85 can help customers to better understand where they are, and what steps they need to take to achieve compliance.

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The GDPR Data Breach Notification Legislation

The General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR as it is more commonly called, is getting closer to being a potentially costly reality for businesses around the world. Some of the largest fines that companies could face will result from data breaches and not reporting these in a timely manner (within 72 hours of being detected). It may sound like an obvious statement, but detecting a data breach is an essential first step in reporting it.

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Client communication in the age of the modern law firm

Although many law firms were initially reluctant to embrace new ways of communicating with their clients, the legal sector has gradually adapted to client demand for more versatile forms of communication.

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