NIS Directive – The EU’s Directive on security of network and information systems

Technology has brought us into a world that many of us only poorly understand. While we may have some grasp of this technology, there is often a lack of real understanding as to how these technologies work and interact. A few decades ago, we understood that if the water levels fell then the hydroelectric plant would not be able to generate electricity. We knew that interchanges connected our … [Read more...]

The 4 stages of cyber resilience

The cyber threat landscape has evolved rapidly in the past few years. Organisations are increasingly reliant on technology and more eager than ever to collect personal data, but without the resources to protect their systems, cyber crime has flourished. We’ve reached a point where there are so many crooks and potential vulnerabilities that it’s foolish to suggest that you can prevent breaches … [Read more...]

How the GDPR and NIS Directive can help Cloud service providers win business

Two laws have taken effect in 2018 that will reshape the way Cloud service providers operate. The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) place an added emphasis on organisation’s ability to prevent data breaches and ensure that critical infrastructure remains operational in the event of disruption. It’s easy to see … [Read more...]

Ireland and the Network and Information Systems Directive

Minister Denis Naughten, has announced important new security requirements for critical national infrastructure in Ireland. Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, spoke at the Data Summit on September 19th and announced important new national cybersecurity requirements. These requirements will apply to the network and information systems of critical national … [Read more...]

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...]