It all starts with Data Discovery

The noise around GDPR is increasing as organisations including Microsoft and Google set out their plans for complying with legislation.  Our aim is to filter that noise down to a considered conversation that focuses on what’s important to your business and how you can take the appropriate steps to deliver a positive GDPR outcome.  The following extract from our whitepaper illustrates how starting with what you know is the first step in the process.

Starting with What You Know

Most organisations have distinct functional areas with distinct processes and tools for holding data on individuals.  A simple table such as the one below provides an overview of the most common business functions, and the types of data they hold.

Once this initial dataset is understood, it becomes important to identify what is personal data and what is not.  This is further broken down into data that could be used to identify an individual, and information that would be classified as sensitive.

With GDPR, these definitions of data have been broadened to reflect the ways in which many organisations now retrieve and store information.

This broadening may result in additional compliance obligations for organisations.  The below provides an illustration of how this change will play out.



A Process of Data Discovery

Of course, starting with what you know only works if you know what data you have.  What GDPR forces business leaders to consider is where every single piece of personal data is across their IT estate – including the Cloud.  Taken in this context, the question of the data that an organisation holds on individuals becomes a complex one to answer, and one that is going to require time, resource and budget.

A thorough approach to data discovery, properly implemented, will lead you to data that you did not know about – offering not only a great start to GDPR compliance but also the opportunity to uncover and resolve data that is ‘hiding’ throughout your network, including company sensitive information, personally identifiable data and duplicated information.

To find out more about our approach to GDPR and how we can help your business use the legislation as an opportunity for business growth through great data management – download our whitepaper here: or get in touch at


Our Tips for the Hot Topics at Infosec 2017

Infosec Europe 2017 – Our Tip for the Hot Topics

In the run up to Infosec 2017, the key to making your visit successful is preparation.  Keynotes fill up fast and with over 18,000 attendees and 195 sessions you could spend half your time trekking across Olympia if you don’t carefully plot your course.

Part of our preparation at Exonar has been considering the topics that we think will be the most talked-about so when some of our team are not manning our stand in the Cyber Innovation Zone, we’ll be making sure we get to the best sessions first.


We’re looking forward to hearing a range of viewpoints on what the way forward is since the initial furore has died down (and in anticipation that there won’t be another attack before the event).  We expect interesting discussions around public / private sector partnership in ways that combine the moral and the commercial.


There will no doubt be increased focus on the inherent risk present in the increasing number of connected devices – especially given the recent launch of Google Home.  Research from Statista suggests there will be 31 billion connected devices by 2020 which makes the potential impact of a wide-ranging DDOS one that is impossible to ignore.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We see GDPR as having the potential to deliver enormous benefits to organisations when it comes to data security.  The process of data discovery and management that’s required to comply with the regulation gives organisations the opportunity to find the data that’s an asset, and remove any data that poses an unwanted risk.  Download our whitepaper to find out more.

Legal Responsibilities

Who takes the blame when there’s a breach?  Organisations providing technical services and solutions need to be clear about their liabilities, and we expect consumers in particular to start demanding greater clarity.  GDPR goes some way to help define boundaries and obligations but we also expect to see an upsurge in claim handling companies who sniff an opportunity.


Alongside businesses ready to go to court on behalf of victims of data breaches, we expect to see cyber-security insurance products and services become a market of its own.  We’ll be listening out for the views from the anti-virus vendors on what they think could happen next.

Planning to visit Infosec and want to find out more about how a data-first approach could help your business become GDPR compliant?  Come and see us on Stand S07 in the Cyber Security Zone.  Or if you’d like to get to know us a little better first, drop us a line at



Where Do I Start With GDPR

Exonar’s CEO, Adrian Barrett, has recently written an article published by outlining the first simples steps to start on your GDPR journey. The articles gives insight into what you need to know about the regulation before you begin and then provides a simple framework for approaching GDPR.

Read the full article here

The data accountants forgot to keep safe.

AccountingWeb reports on the importance of accountancy firms securing their client’s data.  Are they seen as a weak link and vulnerable to hackers?  Adrian Barrett, Exonar CEO comments on the importance of knowing what data you have. Read the full article here.

Exonar founder features in Information Age 10 UK-based data entrepreneurs you should know about in 2017

As part of its Data 50 Awards programme, Information Age today presents ten of the UK’s top data entrepreneurs.

The Data 50 Awards, the UK’s premier initiative for celebrating data leadership and excellence, today reveals the finalists of a new category that recognises outstanding innovation and achievements by data entrepreneurs in the UK.Among the 300+ nominations submitted for this year’s Data 50 programme were a flurry of chief executives and directors from many of the UK-based companies creating business value form data and capitalising from its explosive growth.

All functions involved in driving data innovation in the UK were considered for this year’s Data 50 list, including the vendors creating the technology, the end-users deploying it, and the consultancies and integrators that get deployments over the line.

Last month, Information Age revealed the 50 people who made this year’s list. Today, ten entrepreneurs are also inducted into the programme. One of them will be revealed as the ‘best in class’ data entrepreneur at the Data 50 Awards ceremony on 18 May at the Montcalm London Marble Arch.

The awards honour people and firms at the forefront of data – those transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through its use, managing and controlling its proliferating growth, and driving business value.

The Data 50 Awards ceremony is a must-attend event for the UK’s data community, attended by hundreds of the top leaders and influencers.

1. Adrian Barrett, Founder and CEO, Exonar

Adrian Barrett recognised the explosion in data and the challenges of securing it over six years ago. He set about building a platform that could help organisations meet the challenges that they were yet to realise they would face. Utilising British developers, a small amount of angel funding to pay their salaries, some open-source components and a significant amount of his own reading around data management and machine learning, he created a big data capability before the term had even been coined. He did this as an engineer, out of necessity, not marketing. From humble beginnings and without the significant backing of sizeable US software companies or investors, Barrett has created a platform to solve organisations’ data management issues. He has worked with Reading University and the KTP to acquire access to machine learning minds whilst supporting academia. He has stretched the minds of all of his engineers whilst continuing to support UK-based software development and skills.

Click here for the full list of Data 50 Awards.