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July book of the month: A bumper ISO 27001 edition

Every month, IT Governance selects a book of the month from our extensive catalogue of cyber security guides, but this month we’ve been decided that one book just wasn’t enough. That’s why we’ve picked The ISO 27001 Expertise Bundle, which comprises four invaluable guides to help you understand and implement the information security standard.  Here’s an overview of each book and why you … [Read more...]

Online anonymity has allowed cyber crime to thrive

Online anonymity is a complicated topic. There’s no doubt that the elasticity it gives our identities is a massive benefit. We can explore different sides of our personality without affecting the reputation of any other part of us. Unfortunately, that’s also proven to bring out the worst in some of us, with people committing acts online that they would never do in person. Cyber bullying and mob … [Read more...]

What am I supposed to do with all these privacy policy emails?

Society doesn’t tend to agree on much, but late last week hundreds of millions of people were united by the question: “What’s with all these emails about updated privacy policies?” The flurry of messages led to many jokes and memes, but lost among the humour was the reason for this torrent of emails. It wasn’t just an amazing coincidence that every organisation you’ve ever visited updated its … [Read more...]

Why you need to report cyber attacks

Once you’ve been hit by a cyber attack, the damage has already been done. There’s no way to make the disruption disappear, so you might suppose it’s best to just get on with things. Reporting the incident to your supervisory authority means extra work and could cause a PR nightmare. Nonetheless, it’s essential that you notify relevant parties of the breach. The attacker is a criminal, and it’s … [Read more...]

Irish government proposes cyber safety education in schools

An Oireachtas committee released a report calling for primary and post-primary schools in Ireland to introduce cyber safety to their curriculums. It adds that schools should: Appoint digital safety ambassadors, who would help students who have concerns about their cyber safety and security; Encourage and accommodate peer-to-peer workshops on cyber safety; and Have children host education and … [Read more...]

How the GDPR affects loyalty programmes

Loyalty programmes and reward cards are one of the main ways retailers get people’s personal data. They have become a hallmark of the shopping experience, with customers gladly telling organisations their name, address and other information in exchange for occasional perks. However, things are about to get a lot more complicated. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), which comes into … [Read more...]

The GDPR: Consumer rights for your personal data

You’re probably aware of ‘consumer rights’: they are the rules organisations need to follow to stop customers from being exploited. The specifics vary between laws, but they almost always include the rights to remain safe, informed and to lodge complaints. Though essential, these rights don’t reflect the way consumer culture has evolved in recent years. Goods and services are now often exchanged … [Read more...]

Police arrest criminal hacker who stole €1 billion from banks

Spanish police have arrested a Ukrainian criminal hacker who is suspected of heading a gang that stole more than €1 billion from banks around the world. The suspect, who hasn’t been named, used Anunak, Carbanak and Cobalt malware to hack into banks’ computers and manipulate money transfers. Twenty members of the suspect’s gang were also apprehended in a series of arrests across Romania and … [Read more...]