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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...]

Burger King data breach potentially exposed the data of thousands of children

Kool King, an online shop owned by Burger King, had thousands of customer records exposed through an unsecured database, which was discovered last week.  The website allows customers who purchase from the children’s menu in Burger King, France to access content, including games, films and activities, after creating a profile on the platform.   The breached database, which potentially contained the … [Read more...]

WhatApp users urged to update app after serious security vulnerability discovered

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, confirmed a serious security vulnerability in its system on Monday, 13 May that left users open to spyware installations on their phone.   The breach, affecting both iOS and Android users, enabled the software to be installed through voice calls, even if the call wasn’t picked up. In some cases, the call was removed from the call log, so the missed … [Read more...]

Senior employees lack accountability regarding cyber security

C-level employees are putting their organisations at risk by neglecting cyber security practices, a new report suggests.  According to McAfee’s Grand Theft Data II: The Drivers and Shifting State of Data Breaches, 61% of respondents believe executives demand greater lenience when it comes to cyber security policies and processes. This includes things such as choosing not to attend staff awareness … [Read more...]

IT Governance Europe announces new PCI DSS training courses

The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is administered by the PCI SSC (Security Standards Council) to help prevent payment card fraud and strengthen payment card data security. All organisations that accept, store, transmit or process cardholder data must comply.   When implemented correctly, the PCI DSS helps organisations secure … [Read more...]

IT Governance Europe to speak about the GDPR, and transfers post-Brexit at Refresh Boyne event

Alice Turley, a GDPR consultant at IT Governance Europe, will take to the stage at the next Refresh Boyne event in Drogheda to talk about the impact of the GDPR one year on and how organisations can adequately protect their data transfers post-Brexit.   Alice, who is a qualified data protection, compliance and … [Read more...]

Ireland’s DPC investigates Facebook over password breach

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook following the disclosure of a data breach affecting millions of users.  The social media giant announced in March that a routine security review at the beginning of the year found millions of user passwords stored in plaintext on … [Read more...]