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Breaches, breaches everywhere, it must be the season

After last weeks shocker from Marriott this week started off with disclosures about breaches at Quora, Dunkin’ Donuts, and 1-800-Flowers. Quora Quora is an online community that focuses on asking and answering questions. It was founded in 2009 by two former Facebook employees. The stolen data may concern up to 100 million users of the platform and included the username, the email address, and the … [Read more...]

Marriott breach impacts 500 million customers: here’s what to do about it

Today Marriott disclosed a large-scale data breach impacting up to 500 million customers who have stayed at a Starwood-branded hotel within the last four years. While details of the breach are still sparse, Marriott stated that there was unauthorized access to a database tied to customer reservations stretching from 2014 to September 10, 2018. For a majority of impacted customers (approximately … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Why you should still be concerned about the GDPR

The compliance deadline for the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) passed six months ago, on 25 May 2018, but its influence is only just starting to take hold. Several experts, including European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, have predicted that the first round of fines will be levied in the coming weeks. Buttarelli told Reuters that supervisory authorities have been … [Read more...]