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Top 5 tips for tackling the rising threat of data breaches

Cyber security is a daunting topic. Every week there’s a new big data breach, experts are constantly warning that “you’re next”, and the threat of fines and other disciplinary action under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) lingers over all of us. To help you understand how to address these issues, IT Governance Director Steve Watkins gave us his top five tips for staying … [Read more...]

Houzz data breach: Why informing your customers is the right call

Houzz is an online platform dedicated to home renovation and design. Today (February 1, 2019), they notified their customers about a data breach that reportedly happened in December 2018. Data breaches unfortunately have become a common event. In fact, we dubbed 2018 the year of the data breach tsunami. Also Houzz is not a giant corporation with millions of customers. So why are we writing about … [Read more...]

GDPR-compliant organisations reaping the benefits, study finds

Organisations that meet the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) experience a wide variety of benefits, according to a new Cisco report. The 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study demonstrates that GDPR compliance makes organisations less susceptible to data breaches, as you’d expect, but it also streamlines business processes and helps win … [Read more...]

Collection 1 data breach: what you need to know

Yesterday, news broke that the largest data dump in history had been discovered, with more than 770 million people’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) decrypted, catalogued, and up for grabs on the Internet. The files, which are being dubbed Collection 1, were originally found on cloud service MEGA, and later posted to a popular hacking forum. The Collection 1 folder contains more … [Read more...]

Luas data ransom: the hacker who cried wolf?

In a terrible start to the year for Irish tram firm Luas, their site was compromised a week ago and adorned with a stark ransom warning: Click to enlarge You are hacked. Some time ago I wrote that you have serious security holes. You didn’t reply. The next time someone talks to you, press the reply button. You must pay one bitcoin in five days. Otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to … [Read more...]

2018: The year of the data breach tsunami

It’s tough to remember all of the data breaches that happened in 2018. But when you look at the largest and most impactful ones that were reported throughout the year, it paints a grim picture about the state of data security today. The consequences of major companies leaking sensitive data are many. For consumers, it represents a loss of privacy, potential identity theft, and countless hours … [Read more...]

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...]