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Believe it or not, GDPR compliance saves money!

For many organisations, especially in the financial services and healthcare industries, complying with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) should be high on the agenda.   A recent Ponemon Institute report found that non-compliance costs 2.71 times more than maintaining or meeting compliance requirements. These non-compliance costs are based on business disruption, fines, penalties, … [Read more...]

Advance your career with our upcoming training courses in Ireland

Continual professional development is key in all industries. Gaining and documenting skills, knowledge and experience – whether formally or informally – will help you progress in your career. Our training courses offer a structured learning path from Foundation to Advanced level for IT practitioners and lead implementers, and help develop the skills needed to deliver best practice and compliance … [Read more...]

Are you prepared for a breach? Take our quiz to find out!

From Facebook and Ticketmaster to Eir, recent headlines in Ireland have been dominated by high-profile data breaches affecting organisations both at home and abroad.  Data breaches are becoming more severe and increasingly common – according to Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, one in four organisations will suffer a breach. Despite this, many organisations are still … [Read more...]

So you’ve suffered a data breach? What to do next

It’s an announcement no information security specialist wants to make: the organisation has suffered a data breach. The breach is bad enough, but now everyone in the office is panicking. Some will grumble about how they’re going to miss deadlines, others will frantically wonder whether they’re responsible for the breach and a few will probably blame the InfoSec professional for not doing their job … [Read more...]

Start your GDPR training today!

The GDPR provides a single, harmonised data privacy law for the EU. It aims to prevent the loss of personal data by improving data security for all individuals living in EU member states. The GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018, and organisations that fail to comply face fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of global annual turnover – whichever is greater. Many organisations are struggling to fill a … [Read more...]

Are you ready for a data breach?

A new report has suggested that most SMEs (small and medium enterprises) don’t have anywhere near the estimated €102,000 it costs to respond to a data breach. InsuranceBee’s survey found that 83% of respondents had no money reserved to get back to normal following a cyber security incident, and 25% were unaware that that it would even cost money to put things right.   Breaches are … [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...]

Is it legal for organisations to request your date of birth?

When you sign up for an online service, you’re often asked to provide personal details. Usually, you won’t have a problem with this: an organisation obviously needs your name and email address to contact you. But when they start asking for seemingly unnecessary information, you might get concerned. Why do you need to give your date of birth when downloading a green paper? Or to create an account … [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...]