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Two ways data breach victims can claim compensation

  When the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect, so much attention was paid to organisations’ compliance burdens that most people overlooked one of its main intentions, which was to give individuals more control over the way their information is used. Regulators understood that when data breaches occur, the biggest victims are often the people who that data belongs to. Sure, … [Read more...]

3 types of employees that cause data breaches

  The most overlooked part of cyber security is internal defences. Organisations pump resources into technologies that prevent criminals accessing their systems, but allow their employees to access them with only minimal safeguards. This leaves organisations vulnerable to a variety of insider threats. Here are three of the most common.   Remote workers Remote workers are a part of … [Read more...]

A checklist for responding to and reporting data breaches

There is a lot you need to do after you discover a data breach, so it’s a good idea to keep a checklist. This will help you keep track of your progress during a hectic few days and ensure that you’ve done everything necessary to comply with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). We recommend using a list such as this: Find out what types of data are affected Find out how many records … [Read more...]

Chat app Knuddels fined €20,000 for GDPR breach

  The privacy risks that come with online dating have again made headlines, with German chat service Knuddels being handed a €20,000 fine for breaching its customers’ data. Users of apps like these sign up to flirt with people, but can easily find themselves flirting with disaster instead. They willingly hand over huge swathes of personal data to organisations that don’t have robust security … [Read more...]

5 tips to keep your data safe and secure

There is no escaping the threat of cyber security incidents. Organisations are being warned about data breaches in the media, regulators are demanding improved information security and the public is getting more vocal when organisations make mistakes. You may well think that staying secure and pacifying all these groups is an expensive and seemingly impossible task. However, some of the most … [Read more...]

3 cyber security threats you need to prepare for

The key to reducing the damage that data breaches can cause is to spot them quickly. Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study found that, on average, organisations that identified a breach within 100 days saved more than $1 million (€880,000) per incident. But to be able to spot a data breach you need to know what to look for. In this blog, we break down five common causes of data … [Read more...]

6 ways your organisation can suffer a data breach

Data breaches aren’t only the result of crooks breaking into organisations’ systems and stealing files. They occur whenever sensitive information is accidentally or unlawfully destroyed, lost, altered, disclosed or accessed. This blog explains how each of the scenarios might take place and provides advice for staying secure. Cyber attack Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Crooks can … [Read more...]

How to tackle the most common causes of data breaches

Data breaches have serious financial and reputational consequences, but the faster you respond to an incident, the less severe the damage will be. In order to respond promptly, organisations need to understand and prepare for the threats they are most likely to face. These typically fall into two categories. The first, external threats, refers to breaches caused by cyber criminals or third … [Read more...]

The GDPR: When do schools need to report data breaches?

As you should by now be aware, all organisations that process EU residents’ personal data must comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The Regulation intends to unify data protection requirements among EU member states and give individuals more control over the ways their data is used. As a result, the rules for processing personal data have become a lot stricter. This has … [Read more...]

Portuguese hospital appeals GDPR fine

A Portuguese hospital is preparing a legal challenge to appeal two fines totalling €400,000 levied under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). at the Centro Hospitalar Barreiro Montijo (CHBM) were raised in April 2018 when the Sindicato dos Médicos da Zona Sul (Medical Workers Union of the Southern Zone) reported that non-clinical staff were using ‘medical’ profiles to access CHBM’s … [Read more...]