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7 ways your organisation can suffer a data breach

Organisations of all sizes are waking up to the threat of data breaches. But don’t be fooled into focusing on the prospect of a hacker breaking into your systems. There are many other ways that your organisation can be compromised.  Let’s take a look at seven of the biggest cyber security threats you should be concerned about.   1. Employee error Data breaches aren’t always malicious attacks. … [Read more...]

Data breach costs Netherlands hospital €460,000

Haga Hospital, based in the Netherlands, was this week fined €460,000 by the Dutch data protection authority (AP) for breaching the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).   Haga was investigated by the AP after 85 hospital employees had access to the medical records of Samantha de Jong, AKA Barbie, a well–known Dutch reality TV star.   In addition to the fine, Haga must improve the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

WhatApp users urged to update app after serious security vulnerability discovered

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, confirmed a serious security vulnerability in its system on Monday, 13 May that left users open to spyware installations on their phone.   The breach, affecting both iOS and Android users, enabled the software to be installed through voice calls, even if the call wasn’t picked up. In some cases, the call was removed from the call log, so the missed … [Read more...]

Hospital patients’ medical notes found on Drogheda estate

Hospital notes on patients who attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth were discovered on a housing estate earlier this week.  The doctor handover notes, detailing the dates of birth, family situations, medical conditions and hospital wards attended of ten patients who visited the hospital’s emergency … [Read more...]

‘We need bigger cyber security budgets’, organisations say in new survey

Organisations need to invest more money into cyber security defences if they are to fight back against the growing threat of data breaches, an Ernst & Young survey has found.  According to the professional services firm’s Global Information Security Survey 2018–19, 87% of respondents said they don’t have the budget to deal with … [Read more...]

What are the 6 data protection principles of the GDPR?

A version of this blog was originally published 31 January 2018.  The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) outlines six principles that organisations must follow when collecting, processing and storing individuals’ personal data. Data controllers are responsible for complying with those principles, and they must have documented proof of how the organisation is meeting … [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...]