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Should You be Concerned About GDPR Fines?

The GDPR, which came into effect on May this year, has been off to a slow start, it would seem. As it stands, the largest fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was £500,000. Although Facebook came under a lot of fire over the data breach where Cambridge Analytica scraped the personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users, this happened before the GDPR came into … [Read more...]

What is the right penetration test for you?

It seems like we hear about another data breach on a daily basis. Recognised companies such as Facebook, Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – have recently suffered at the hands of criminal hackers, who are gaining access to organisations’ networks using a variety of techniques.   Penetration testing is a systematic process of probing for vulnerabilities in your applications and … [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...]

Gardaí issues Black Friday cyber crime warning

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest time of the year for online retailers – are almost here. Customers look forward to these dates to grab a pre-Christmas bargain, but with cyber crime at an all-time high in Ireland, it’s more important than ever to ensure the website you’re browsing is trusted and legitimate. Here are a few tips to protect yourself against cyber criminals. Do your … [Read more...]

Naughty Microsoft: Are GDPR Fines Incoming?

Microsoft have secretly been collecting data on how people in the EU are using their Office products and sending it over to servers in the USA for storing, according to a report by the Dutch government. Even those with a rudimentary understanding of the GDPR can see that this is a fragrant breach of the regulations and could potentially lead to huge, multi-million-dollar fines. Basically, … [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...]

No organisation is immune to cyber attacks

Hackers are becoming more skilled and sophisticated, and this is leaving Irish business owners and their systems extremely vulnerable and unable to protect themselves against cyber security threats. One of the most common tools a company can use to defend themselves against hackers is a penetration test. During a penetration test, an ethical hacker utilises the same techniques as a criminal hacker … [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...]

Are you aware of the risks associated with the Cloud?

According to the 2018 Bitglass Cloud Adoption Report, more than 81% of organisations have now adopted the Cloud in some form. However, moving data to the Cloud does not solve security problems – rather, it adds another element that needs addressing.  Find out how to tackle this issue with our book of the month for November, Data Protection and the Cloud – Are you really managing the risks? Data … [Read more...]