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Advance your career with ISO 27001 certified training

Continual professional development is vital for professionals to develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to deliver best practice and compliance in any organisation, and will help you progress in your career.    Why achieve certification in ISO 27001? ISO 27001 is one of the most popular cyber security standards in the world, with certifications growing by more than 450% in the … [Read more...]

Five must-read books on cyber security

Books are a great way of increasing your cyber security knowledge, but with thousands to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to begin.  To help you get the best information available and enable you to advance your cyber security career, we’ve chosen some of our best titles for you. Security in the Digital World Technology is always developing, and so are the threats and risks of being … [Read more...]

Data breach costs Netherlands hospital €460,000

Haga Hospital, based in the Netherlands, was this week fined €460,000 by the Dutch data protection authority (AP) for breaching the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).   Haga was investigated by the AP after 85 hospital employees had access to the medical records of Samantha de Jong, AKA Barbie, a well–known Dutch reality TV star.   In addition to the fine, Haga must improve the … [Read more...]

Microsoft OneNote audio note phishing scam

Phishing is a constant threat for organisations and individuals alike. The scam, which involves sending emails that masquerade as legitimate organisations to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, targets hundreds of millions of organisations and people daily.   Microsoft OneNote users are the latest target of a phishing scam. An email entitled “New Audio Note Received” is purportedly sent … [Read more...]

Apple hit with third DPC enquiry

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) has launched a third investigation into Apple’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance.  The investigation will examine the tech giant’s compliance with the relevant GDPR provisions in relation to a customer’s DSAR (data subject access request). It follows two investigations opened last year into Apple’s processing of personal data and … [Read more...]

Identify your GDPR compliance gaps

In 2018, the number of data breaches almost tripled compared to the previous year. In just the first six months of this year, the number of data breaches has tripled again.  With data breaches on the rise, and Microsoft and WhatsApp recently proving that even the most high-profile organisations can fall victim, compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is more important than … [Read more...]

FAI hit with data breach

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) confirmed yesterday that servers in its Dublin headquarters were breached in an external hack over the weekend.  In a statement released on Wednesday, the FAI said that the breach affected its email services, but not customers’ payment details or ticket sales as this information is stored offsite.   The FAI has hired a forensic computer scientist … [Read more...]

Helen Dixon reappointed as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner for a second term

Helen Dixon has been reappointed as DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) until 2024 following government approval.   Announcing the decision, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice and Equality, said: “Helen is internationally well regarded for her expertise in this area. This is a very important role as Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is the EU’s lead regulator for the many multinational … [Read more...]

3 tips to get the most from your information security audits

Your organisation won’t be able to protect its systems for long without an information security audit. That’s because cyber threats and the way your organisation operates is constantly changing, requiring you to regularly take stock of your security practices.  Whether you’re trying to certify to an information standard, meet legal requirements or perform an internal assessment of your current … [Read more...]

DPC launches investigation into Google Ireland

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has launched a statutory enquiry into how Google Ireland processes data for the purpose of advertising.  The probe is the result of a number of submissions to the DPC, including those made by Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer for Brave, a privacy-focused web browser.   Dr Ryan’s submissions reveal that Google’s … [Read more...]