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A 5-step guide to reporting data breaches under the GDPR

In case you didn’t already know, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires Irish organisations to report data breaches to the DPC (Data Protection Commission) within 72 hours of becoming aware of them.  This doesn’t only refer to cyber criminals breaking into your system. It applies to any kind of data breach – i.e. any time the confidentiality, integrity or … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Data Protection Commission’s first annual GDPR report

This week, the DPC (Data Protection Commission) published its first annual report under the GDPR covering the period 25 May to 31 December 2018. The report highlights a number of interesting statistics and year-on-year comparisons, most notably:   2,864 complaints received, bringing the total for 2018 to 4,113 complaints – a 56% increase on … [Read more...]

Using Managed File Transfer (MFT) To Harden Data Security

How is it that so many organizations focus on perimeter defense but do little to protect the target data inside that perimeter? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to protect sensitive data even if the network is breached? … [Read more...]

Securing 2019 with ISO 27001

2018 was a mixed bag for information security. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, there were fewer recorded data breaches compared to 2017, but there was a 126% increase in the number of breached records. As you might expect, the business sector suffered both the most data breaches (571 of 1,244 total) and the highest number of breached … [Read more...]

The 3 Biggest Offenders of the GDPR

2018 will go down as the year that the rules changed for data privacy and data protection standards. I’m of course referring to the GDPR that was enacted in May 2018. … [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...]

Marriott Hotels Discloses Data Breach Affecting 500M Customers

Today, the world's largest hotel chain, Marriott International, disclosed what may be turn out to be one of the largest data breaches in history. … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: air traffic control

While most of us know that flying is the safest mode of transport, we still feel that sigh of relief when the plane has made its landing on the runway and we can text our loved ones that we have arrived safe and sound. Accidents may be rare, but they’re often shocking and horrific and accompanied by the loss of many lives. Unfortunately, they also tend to make the news, which only heightens … [Read more...]

Are you #BreachReady?

It seems like we hear about yet another data breach on a daily basis, with recognised companies such as Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – suffering at the hands of criminal hackers. If you think it only happens to large organisations, think again Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May, the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) has dealt … [Read more...]

White hat, black hat, and the emergence of the gray hat: the true costs of cybercrime

This post was written by Michael Osterman of Osterman Research. Osterman Research recently completed a major survey on behalf of Malwarebytes to determine the actual cost of cybercrime to businesses. Many studies have focused on the cost of lost reputation, lost future business, and other consequences of cybercrime—and while these are certainly valid considerations—we wanted to understand the … [Read more...]