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Things to consider when processing biometric data

Biometric data is being used in countless systems these days. If you’ve ever used your fingerprint scan to unlock your phone or facial recognition software, then your biometric data is being processed.  But like any form of data, biometrics – i.e. information relating to individual’s physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics – are potentially accessible by malicious sources, and the … [Read more...]

An overview of the GDPR with Alice Turley, data protection expert

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into effect on 25 May 2018, places obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.   What is personal data?  Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (data subject). The GDPR places much stronger controls on the processing of special categories of personal data … [Read more...]

What we’ve learned about the GDPR in its first year

This time last year, organisations were scrambling to meet the compliance deadline for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), people’s inboxes were flooded with last-minute pleas for consent and social media was rammed with GDPR memes.  Twelve months later and the commotion surrounding the Regulation has calmed, but its impact remains. In this blog, we look at the effects the GDPR has had … [Read more...]

10 steps to GDPR compliance: How prepared are you?

This blog has been updated to reflect industry changes. Originally published 16 October 2017.  It’s not too late to comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The Regulation might have come into effect last year, but it’s requirements need to be regularly reviewed. As such, it doesn’t matter what your compliance posture was six months or a year … [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...]

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 ISO 27001 can help you comply with the requirements of the GDPR

If you are struggling with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you should look no further than ISO 27001.   ISO 27001 is the International standard for information security and is a perfect launchpad for a GDPR compliance project.  Getting ISO 27001 certified means you’re already halfway to GDPR compliance and unlike the GDPR, ISO 27001 helps you protect the personal data your … [Read more...]

Believe it or not, GDPR compliance saves money!

For many organisations, especially in the financial services and healthcare industries, complying with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) should be high on the agenda.   A recent Ponemon Institute report found that non-compliance costs 2.71 times more than maintaining or meeting compliance requirements. These non-compliance costs are based on business disruption, fines, penalties, … [Read more...]

Could your organisation report a breach within the required 72 hours?

With data breaches on the rise and affecting Irish organisations of all sizes, it may be time you took the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seriously and began to implement a compliance plan.  Could your organisation report a breach to the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) within the required 72 hours?  Reporting a breach within 72 hours is not easy, which is why IT Governance … [Read more...]

Are you GDPR compliant? Take our quiz and see how you score!

With data breaches on the rise and affecting Irish organisations of all sizes, it may be time you took the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seriously and began to implement a compliance plan.  Could your organisation report a breach to the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) within the required 72 hours? Reporting a breach within 72 hours is not easy, which is why IT Governance Europe has … [Read more...]