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Should you take a GDPR or DPO training course?

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has led to a surge in interest in data protection training courses.  Education is particularly important for anyone taking on the responsibilities of the DPO (data protection officer), a position that’s become a formal requirement for many organisations.  But how should you pursue training? Should you enrol on a DPO training … [Read more...]

Google fined €50 million in landmark GDPR ruling

Google has been fined €50 million by the CNIL, France’s data protection regulator, for a breach of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).  It’s by far the biggest fine related to the GDPR, which took effect in May 2018 and gave regulatory bodies much stronger disciplinary powers.  What did Google do wrong?  The CNIL concluded that Google had violated the GDPR in two … [Read more...]

6 tools to help you manage your organisation’s security measures and GDPR compliance

The ability to prevent data breaches has become a lot more important since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect. You should have already been concerned about your customers’ freedom and privacy, your susceptibility to regulatory action and your ability to protect your reputation in the event of a security incident, but these have now taken on heightened significance. The … [Read more...]

What is ISO 27001 certification?

ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that an organisation has met the requirements of the international standard for information security. This is hugely beneficial compared to simply following the Standard’s requirements, because it provides proof of the effectiveness of your security systems and satisfies the demands of clients and regulators. The ISO 27001 certification process Before … [Read more...]

How cyber resilience can help you comply with the GDPR

Cyber resilience is an emerging approach to tackling the threat of data breaches and disruptions, combining elements of cyber security and business continuity management. It acknowledges that traditional approaches to cyber security are increasingly inadequate, with organisations unable to cope with the number of threats facing them. With cyber resilience, organisations don’t put all their … [Read more...]

How to document your information security policy

Information security policies play a vital role in organisational security. Getting your policy right will give you an excellent framework to build on, making sure that all your efforts follow a single goal. But if you get it wrong, you risk neglecting key issues and exposing yourself to data breaches. To make sure you get off on the right track, we’ve taken some advice from Alan Calder and … [Read more...]

Still struggling with the GDPR? Here’s how you can get started

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been in effect for more than seven months now, but many organisations still aren’t fully compliant with its requirements, and some are still only just getting started.  That’s obviously not ideal, but the good news is that organisations that are still working towards compliance don’t need to feel as though they’ve left … [Read more...]

Dublin law firm scammed out of €97,000

A Dublin law firm transferred €97,000 to cyber criminals after its email systems were hacked, the Law Society of Ireland reports. The crooks intercepted emails about a mortgage redemption, altering one in which the client’s bank account details were listed. The misappropriated funds have since been withdrawn from the crooks’ account, and the law firm’s loss will be covered by its cyber … [Read more...]

What’s the difference between an ISO 27001 risk assessment and gap analysis?

The ISO 27001 implementation and review process centres upon the risk assessment and gap analysis process. These two pivotal steps provide you with the bulk of the information you need comply with the Standard, so it’s essential that you get them right. The problem is that the two processes are very similar, meaning organisations can easily confuse the two and jeopardise their compliance … [Read more...]

What’s the difference between an ISO 27001 risk assessment and gap analysis?

The ISO 27001 implementation and review process centres upon the risk assessment and gap analysis process. These two pivotal steps provide you with the bulk of the information you need comply with the Standard, so it’s essential that you get them right. The problem is that the two processes are very similar, meaning organisations can easily confuse the two and jeopardise their compliance … [Read more...]