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How can cyber security protect your organisation?

‘Cyber’ is a word we use all the time. But what does it mean? What are the implications for us as directors and general managers? Or as IT security managers and auditors?  ‘Cyber’ is thought to derive from the older term ‘cybernetics’ – based on electronic/mechanical control systems and the degree to which man-made and human worlds interact. Cybernetics is derived from the Greek word ‘kubernan’ – … [Read more...]

Develop better cyber security by taking a wider view of the threats

Technology giveth and technology taketh away, and not always in equal measure. A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided. (Postman, 1990)  Despite Postman’s dire prediction, society has profited immensely from the development, implementation, and operation of new information technologies. Our lives have been … [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...]

The most common causes of data breaches and how you can spot them

The longer a breach goes undetected, the more embarrassing it is for the organisation in question. But what’s a good target for identifying an incident?  According to Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, it’s 100 days. The average cost of an incident discovered within this timeframe was $5.99 million (about €5.3 million), but if it takes longer, the average rises to … [Read more...]

Ireland and the Network and Information Systems Directive

Minister Denis Naughten, has announced important new security requirements for critical national infrastructure in Ireland. Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, spoke at the Data Summit on September 19th and announced important new national cybersecurity requirements. These requirements will apply to the network and information systems of critical national … [Read more...]