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6 must-have information security policies

Information security policies are an often-overlooked part of an organisation’s defence measures. An effective policy informs the way employees handle cyber security threats, ensures that they use defence technologies properly and indicates board-level support for cyber security.  In this blog, we outline six essential information … [Read more...]

Results of Facebook investigation coming this summer, says DPC

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) has said it will release the findings of its investigation into Facebook and several other high-profile tech companies in June or July. Commissioner Helen Dixon told Bloomberg: “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced.” The DPC began its investigation in October 2018, following consumer complaints … [Read more...]

GDPR-compliant organisations reaping the benefits, study finds

Organisations that meet the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) experience a wide variety of benefits, according to a new Cisco report. The 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study demonstrates that GDPR compliance makes organisations less susceptible to data breaches, as you’d expect, but it also streamlines business processes and helps win … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Facebook under investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Last Friday, Facebook announced that it has uncovered a bug that may have affect up to 6.8 million of its members. This bug gave third-party apps access to more users’ photos than they originally thought. The bug was found in software that used Facebook’s login to grant third-party apps access to a user’s photos on the platform. This bug was active for 12 days between 13 and 25 … [Read more...]

Advance your career and book a place on one of our ISO 27001 training courses

Acquire industry-leading qualifications and the practical skills to implement and audit an ISO 27001 ISMS (information security management system) with the world’s leading provider of classroom and online ISO 27001 training.   Before an organisation can correctly align itself to ISO 27001, it needs to ensure it understands the Standard fully, as well as identify where it’s falling short of its … [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...]