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The GDPR is imminent – Are you ready?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline is just one day away, so now is the ideal time to review your compliance steps and look at what else you need to do. Key GDPR compliance checks Responding to subject access requests (SARs) Under the GDPR you need to respond to a SAR within one month. Organisations need to have procedures in place that allow them to handle SARs in … [Read more...]

The GDPR – health and safety for a digital age

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, replacing existing data protection frameworks in all EU countries, including Ireland. The GDPR will not require transposition into law, so organisations involved in data processing of any sort need to be aware that it addresses them directly and that they must comply. The GDPR protects the privacy of all EU residents, … [Read more...]

The importance of ISO 27001: A consultant’s perspective

ISO 27001 is the third fastest-growing management standard in the world, with certifications growing at an annual rate of 20%. It may be time to consider the Standard for your organisation. Achieving accredited certification to ISO 27001 demonstrates that your organisation is following information security best practice, and delivers an independent, expert assessment of whether your data is … [Read more...]

The GDPR is imminent – don’t forget to register your DPO

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), certain organisations will be required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). Organisations are required to register their DPO’s details with their national supervisory authority. In Ireland this is the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which should have an online form available shortly to facilitate the DPO notification … [Read more...]

The GDPR could boost blockchain-based content creation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have ramifications far beyond data protection, according to the founder of web content management system Zesty.io. Randy Apuzzo says that the GDPR’s emphasis on transparency could lead to a rise in blockchain-based content creation. A blockchain is a list of encrypted records that updates with changes and additions. It’s most commonly … [Read more...]

Creating a GDPR-compliant website

If you run a website, the chances are that you collect EU residents’ personal data. Perhaps you collect names and email addresses so visitors can subscribe to your newsletter, take payment card details for an online store or use cookies to track visitors’ habits. Whatever the reason, you are subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new law designed to secure EU residents’ … [Read more...]

The GDPR and Brexit

In less than a month from now, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU. It is expected that businesses and charities across Ireland have taken the necessary measures, such as preparing new policies, appointing chief information security officers, restricting IT admin rights and installing firewalls and controls over company-owned devices, to ensure compliance … [Read more...]

Further your career with certified ISO 27001 training – now available in Ireland

Over the last quarter, professional job vacancies in Ireland have increased by 1.8%, according to a report by recruitment agency Morgan McKinley Ireland. The report also stated that there has been an 8.9% reduction in the number of professionals seeking new roles. Naturally, as demand continues to grow while supply dwindles, it becomes more challenging to hire skilled staff. As Morgan McKinley … [Read more...]

Cork firms lag in their GDPR preparations

According to the findings of Cork-based solicitor firm JW O’Donovan, around 70% of Cork-based businesses are unprepared for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR However, there is no need to panic – there is still time to start your compliance project. IT Governance Europe, now a member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce, will be running its Certified GDPR Foundation … [Read more...]

Frequently asked questions about business continuity

Business continuity is a hot topic due to a growing body of legislation and the increased risk of potentially devastating disruptions. However, the concept has been around for a long time, and practically every organisation would benefit from implementing a business continuity framework. This blog explains the fundamentals of business continuity and answers your questions. Q: What is business … [Read more...]