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Are you #BreachReady?

It seems like we hear about yet another data breach on a daily basis, with recognised companies such as Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – suffering at the hands of criminal hackers. If you think it only happens to large organisations, think again Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May, the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) has dealt … [Read more...]

Finding the right candidate to be your DPO

Complying with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is mostly about hard work and organisation, but there’s also a little bit of luck involved – at least when it comes to appointing a DPO (data protection officer). The position, which is mandatory for many organisations under the GDPR, has caused a massive spike in demand for data protection experts. Unless the perfect candidate falls … [Read more...]

Who requires a DPO?

As of 25 May 2018, the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the primary piece of legislation governing data protection. The requirement for Irish organisations to register their data processing activities with the DPC (Data Protection Commission), which existed under the previous regime, no longer applies. However, under the GDPR, certain organisations are required to appoint a DPO … [Read more...]

Could your supply chain derail your GDPR compliance efforts?

Last week we reported on the Ticketmaster breach, which might have affected Irish customers. This breach was caused by malicious software located on a customer support product hosted by an external third-party supplier, Inbenta Technologies. Since the breach was announced by Ticketmaster on 23 June, it has emerged that the company may have been warned about the breach as far back as April, … [Read more...]

Ticketmaster Ireland informs customers of a possible data breach

Ticketmaster Ireland has informed customers about a potential data breach that may have compromised their personal and payment details. Users who purchased tickets from the site between February and June of this year may be affected. “On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Ticketmaster UK identified malicious software on a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies, an external third-party … [Read more...]

How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority. Registering a DPO in Ireland In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online … [Read more...]

Non-EU organisations block European traffic to avoid GDPR obligations

As well as applying to all organisations in the EU that process personal data, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) applies to non-EU organisations that offer goods and services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU residents. However, numerous organisations outside the EU have simply opted to block EU traffic to their websites rather than comply with the new law. TechCrunch reported on 25 … [Read more...]

The GDPR has arrived – is your organisation compliant?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect for almost four weeks now – are you compliant, still working towards compliance or unsure of where to start? Compliance is not optional, and will be or already was a lengthy process for many organisations. Prioritising the areas where a lack of action leaves your organisation most exposed is important. With our extensive knowledge … [Read more...]

5.9 million payment cards compromised in Dixons Carphone Breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted to a major data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. The incident began in July 2017, when attackers attempted to compromise payment cards in Curry’s PC World and Dixons Travel’s processing system. In a second breach, the names, addresses and email addresses of 1.2 million customers were accessed. Dixons Carphone’s chief … [Read more...]

Gain a practical knowledge of the GDPR with our certified training

In a recent Business Post article, IT Governance founder Alan Calder explained the importance of gaining practical knowledge when learning about topics such as ISO 27001 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Alan said: “When we are developing a course, we use our real-world experience with clients and the problems we have overcome with them. We build these qualities into our courses, … [Read more...]