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Tackle your GDPR compliance issues head-on with IT Governance

It’s been almost a year since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force, but Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study found only 59% of organisations worldwide are compliant.  If you haven’t yet begun your compliance journey, you should prioritise tackling those areas where a lack of action leaves … [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...]

How IT Governance can help with your cyber security concerns

Cyber security is a complex topic, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you had questions about what your organisation should be doing. The threat of data breaches grows each year, organisations process more information than ever and the regulatory landscape is becoming a minefield to navigate.  Fortunately, IT Governance’s team of experts has the answers, and our extensive range of … [Read more...]

Potential data breach under investigation at University Hospital Galway

Saolta University Health Care Group is investigating a potential data breach at UHG (University Hospital Galway) after scam letters were sent to patients’ home addresses.   The letters, from an organisation calling itself The Anglo America Lottery, informed recipients that they had won a significant prize in the ‘Hospital Sick Patient Lottery … [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...]

GDPR non-compliance costs data analytics company €220,000

Bisnode, a Swedish data analytics company with a base in Poland, has been hit with a €220,000 (PLN 944,470) fine from Poland’s data protection authority, UODO. The fine was issued after Bisnode failed to inform millions of people that it was processing their data, denying them the opportunity to object to the processing, and the right to rectification or erasure of their details, as noted in … [Read more...]

How the GDPR affects cookie policies

Updated to reflect developments since the GDPR took effect. Originally published on 15 September 2017.  Cookies are mentioned only once in the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), but the repercussions are significant for any organisation that uses them to track users’ browsing activity.  Recital 30 of the GDPR states:  “Natural persons may be associated with … [Read more...]

Interested in free GDPR & ISO 27001 Gap Analysis tools?

Are you feeling the strain from your data protection obligations? Staying secure can seem like impossible, not to mention expensive and time-consuming.  We understand your concerns, but we’re also aware that nothing is as importance as effective information security. That’s why, for a limited time, we’re giving away our ISO 27001 Gap … [Read more...]

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...]

SQL Server Database Performance

How do I get the most performance from my SQL Server? SQL Server applications are typically the most I/O intensive applications for any enterprise and thus are prone to suffer performance degradation. Anything a database administrator can do to reduce the amount of I/O necessary to complete a task will increase the server’s performance of the application. Excess and noisy I/O has typically … [Read more...]