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Online anonymity has allowed cyber crime to thrive

Online anonymity is a complicated topic. There’s no doubt that the elasticity it gives our identities is a massive benefit. We can explore different sides of our personality without affecting the reputation of any other part of us. Unfortunately, that’s also proven to bring out the worst in some of us, with people committing acts online that they would never do in person. Cyber bullying and mob … [Read more...]

NIS Directive: Adopt a “human first” approach to compliance

Organisations should take a “human-first approach” to preparing for the Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive), the new law designed to help ensure that essential services remain operational, says the co-founder and chief technology officer of Cofense. The Irish government is yet to transpose the NIS Directive into law, however, judging by the consultation … [Read more...]

20 EU member states haven’t implemented the NIS Directive

EU regulators have been concerned about the growing threat to our essential services, particularly in view of the number of successful cyber attacks targeting critical infrastructure. As part of their response, they introduced a law in 2016 dedicated to help protect essential services: the Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive). The NIS Directive applies to two … [Read more...]

What is the NIS Directive ?

The Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive) aims to achieve a high common level of network and information systems security across the EU. The Directive applies to two groups. The first, operators of essential services (OES), includes the health, energy, water and transportation sectors. The second, digital service providers (DSPs), covers online search engines, … [Read more...]

The NIS Directive will mitigate the sixth biggest threat facing humanity

May 2018 is a big month for cyber security and data protection. But although the soon-to-be-enforced EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is grabbing most of the headlines, organisations should be equally concerned about the Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive), which must be transposed into EU member states’ national laws by 9 May this year. According … [Read more...]

54% of organisations miss out on many of the benefits of ISO 22301

Business continuity is essential to any organisation’s cyber security practices, and those adopting its principles should follow the requirements of ISO 22301, the international standard that describes best practice for a business continuity management system (BCMS). The 2018 Horizon Scan Report found that 70% of respondents now use the Standard, which suggests that organisations are beginning to … [Read more...]

Six cyber security concerns from European cyber security professionals

The 2017 Black Hat Europe Attendee Survey reveals cyber security professionals’ concerns about the current European cyber security environment. These concerns highlight why the introduction of the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) in May 2018 is so vital to protecting the EU’s infrastructures from security breaches. Source: The 2017 Black Hat Europe Attendee … [Read more...]

Finland adjusts its information security plans to prepare for compliance with the NIS Directive

On 19 December, the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication submitted a proposal to parliament laying out amendments to the nation’s current cyber security legislation that may be necessary in order to comply with the upcoming EU Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive). The NIS Directive – what is expected? The NIS Directive will be transposed into law by … [Read more...]