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Why your organisation should consider outsourcing its DPO

Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May 2018, demand for DPOs (data protection officers) has increased. The Regulation stipulates that certain organisations must appoint a DPO to support their GDPR compliance. DPOs also have an essential role as intermediaries between relevant stakeholders, such as supervisory authorities, data subjects, and business units … [Read more...]

43% of people plan to remove their personal data from social media

If you look someone up on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ll be able to gather huge amounts of information about them without them ever knowing. Until recently, nobody seemed to think about the risks involved; it was just the way things were, and if you didn’t get on board, you were left out from a whole virtual world.  But thanks to the recent Facebook data scandal and the introduction of the EU GDPR … [Read more...]

Free webinar: First steps to GDPR compliance

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has significantly reshaped the data protection landscape for organisations worldwide that collect and process EU residents’ personal data. The Regulation imposes fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater) for non-compliance.  Data breaches are on the rise and affecting Irish organisations such as Eir, which … [Read more...]

Cork City Council, Park by Phone service breached

More than 5,000 people have been affected by a data breach of Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service. Although the reported breach occurred last Thursday and the relevant authorities were notified on Friday, it has come to light that the breach first occurred in May. Personal details such as car registration numbers, email addresses and mobile phone numbers have been compromised, but no … [Read more...]

How effective are the GDPR’s rules on the age of consent?

If you’ve ever used an online service that requires age confirmation, you’re probably aware of how inadequate the restrictions usually are. All you’re asked to do is check a box or provide your date of birth. There’s no evidence required, and no one will follow up to make sure you were telling the truth.  Until recently, there were no signs that anybody was particularly bothered by these lax … [Read more...]

37,000 Eir customers affected by data breach

Eir, one of Ireland’s leading telecoms companies, announced last week that personal details of up to 37,000 customers were affected by a data breach. The company said that an unencrypted laptop was stolen on 12 August, containing customer and employee personal details, including names, email addresses and customer numbers. No financial details had been breached. According to Eir, the theft … [Read more...]

Get #BreachReady before you get burnt!

Just because everyone else is on holiday, doesn’t mean cyber attackers are. Protect yourself from the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches with our fixed-price, tailored services. What’s more, when reporting the breach you’ll need to explain how it could have been avoided – a sticky situation you won’t relish. You can’t prevent a cyber attack from the beach, so get ready … [Read more...]

Why you should be worried about your partners’ GDPR compliance posture

The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect three months ago, and a lot of organisations are starting to feel happy about their compliance posture. They are less happy, however, with the practices of their suppliers and service providers.  Under the GDPR, organisations must ensure that personal information that they’ve obtained remains secure – even when it is shared with … [Read more...]

Two thirds of organisations aren’t GDPR-compliant

A survey has revealed that organisations across Europe still aren’t compliant with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), even though the Regulation came into effect three months ago.  Only 34.5% of respondents to Deloitte’s study said they could demonstrate compliance with the GDPR. Another 32.7% hope to be ready by the end of 2018, and 11.7% said they are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ … [Read more...]

Summer offers to kick-start your cyber security journey. Don’t miss out! 

IT Governance is a leading global provider of IT governance, risk management and compliance solutions, with a special focus on cyber resilience, data protection, the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), ISO 27001 and cyber security.  We are committed to helping organisations protect themselves and their customers from the perpetually evolving range of cyber threats. Our deep … [Read more...]