Christian Toon

In his role as head of information risk at Iron Mountain, Christian Toon is the functional lead responsible for developing and implementing information assurance policy standards, goals and strategy within the private and public sectors, so that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of customers’ information assets are preserved. He has a wealth of experience in the industry, having previously held the role of compliance and information security manager at Iron Mountain.

Customer-Focused Teams Are Secretly Daunted By Data Demands

One of the top goals for business leaders today is to better understand, engage with and retain their customers. This involves making the most of the ever-growing volume of customer data available to build integrated, three-dimensional profiles of customers and to identify patterns and trends. Many firms turn to the roles closest to the customer to deliver this insight. Recent research by PwC reve...

Before You Store Your Data, Think About How To Get It Back

Data backup and storage is the IT equivalent of tidying up at the end of the day. Putting all your information away neatly so you know it is accounted for, secure and easy to find again. An unlikely topic, you would imagine, for strong opinions and lively debate. Yet that is exactly what it has become ‒ and for good reason. Every day more data is handled by more employees who are spread across mul...

Top 4 Reasons Why The World Needs Tape More Than Ever

Magnetic tape was first used to store computer data in 1951. By the mid 1970s pretty much everyone relied on tape cassettes and cartridges. Then, with the arrival of data storage discs and the cloud, tape’s popularity began to plummet. The shiny new alternatives positioned tape as a dated, costly, inflexible, unreliable technology that few forward-thinking organisations would dream of using as par...

Information Is At Its Most Vulnerable Just Before Employees Resign

Naivety and misplaced trust are a dangerous combination in business. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than when it comes to managing information risk. A recent study reveals that 87 per cent of companies across Europe do not believe that their employees take information with them when they leave. For 81 per cent this confidence stems from the introduction of robust measures that include asking em...

Consumer Complacency And Mistrust Could Undermine EU’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

New research suggests that consumers doubt whether the widely-publicised ‘right to be forgotten’ will work in practice. The European study found that the overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of consumers in the UK say they now deal with so many organisations, both online and offline, that they no longer know who holds what information about them. At the heart of the EU’s proposed data and privacy p...

What The Daily Commute Could Mean For Your Data

The latest intelligence on Al-Qaeda, a high profile Child Protection report and plans for policing the London 2012 Olympics; three very different documents with two things in common: firstly, they all contained highly confidential information and secondly, they were all left on a train. In each example, an inquisitive fellow commuter picked up the folder, took one look at the contents and promptly...

A Cloudy Future For Your Data?

Recently hackers managed to erase the online life of a US journalist. They were able to do this by exploiting two major points of weakness. Firstly, the journalist had everything stored in the cloud and accessible through a single gateway. Secondly, the hackers were able to successfully talk their way past the two cloud service providers’ security controls, giving them open entry to the journalist...

Is Your Business Prepared For New Data Protection Legislation?

Proposals for more stringent European data protection legislation will compel businesses across Europe to bolster their information management practices ahead of European Privacy and Data Protection Day (EPDP). Held this year on Friday 28 January, EPDP aims to raise awareness of data protection issues and recommend good practice to organisations that handle personal data on a day-to-day basis. The...

Take Data Protection Seriously, It’s Your Duty

When your company’s document management systems are breached, the productivity, profits and ultimately the survival of your company is compromised. If the privileged information with which your organisation is entrusted falls into the wrong hands, the reputation of your business can be severely damaged. With this in mind, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that it name and sham...

Why it’s time to take your information management seriously

The way you handle your information could represent a ticking time bomb for your business. If you routinely store your paper documents on office premises, you may be wasting thousands of pounds that could be better invested elsewhere in the business. Many companies fail to recognise the full cost of storing paper and digital records in-house, including the loss of valuable office space and the man...