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The 5 most common types of phishing attack

Phishing is one of the most frustrating threats we face. Most of know what it is and how it works, but we still get caught out.  The scam, which involves criminals sending messages that masquerade as legitimate organisations, targets hundreds of millions of organisations every day. The messages direct recipients to a bogus website that captures their personal information or contain a malicious … [Read more...]

How Ireland’s Credit Unions can meet their penetration testing requirements

Credit unions in Ireland are required to conduct a penetration test once a year, and send the results to the Central Bank of Ireland for review.  According to a report published by the Bank last year, credit unions are getting better at doing this. But for those that are still unsure how to complete this process or simply want to get better at it, this blog explains everything you need to know … [Read more...]

How to implement an ISMS aligned with ISO 27001

The rise of cyber attacks and data privacy concerns has information security a top priority for organisations. Many have chosen to mitigate the risk by implementing an ISMS (information security management system).  An ISMS is a system of processes, documents, technology and people that helps organisations manage, monitor and improve their information security in one place.  ISO 27001 is the … [Read more...]

A 9-step guide to implementing ISO 27001

As with many projects, the hardest part of implementing ISO 27001 tends to be knowing where to begin. The Standard, which describes best practice for an ISMS (information security management system ISMS), explains the requirements you need to meet, but it doesn’t show you how to implement them.   In this blog, we explain in nine steps exactly what you need to do to implement … [Read more...]

How to adopt a comprehensive, risk-based approach to cyber security

Amid all the expert advice about how to keep your organisation safe from data breaches, it’s important to remember that there’s no one right way to address information security.  Sure, there are universal threats, and technologies and processes that address them. We hope every organisation has fundamental security processes, like staff … [Read more...]

A 5-step guide to ISO 27001 risk assessments

Every organisation that handles sensitive data must conduct regular risk assessments, preferably in line with the requirements of ISO 27001.  ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for implementing and maintaining an ISMS (information security management system). Risk assessments are at the heart of the Standard, as they help … [Read more...]

What is the right penetration test for you?

It seems like we hear about another data breach on a daily basis. Recognised companies such as Facebook, Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – have recently suffered at the hands of criminal hackers, who are gaining access to organisations’ networks using a variety of techniques.   Penetration testing is a systematic process of probing for vulnerabilities in your applications and … [Read more...]

Growing demand for cyber security talent – kick-start your career today!

Cyber security is becoming a critical part of any large organisation’s infrastructure and the demand for talent in this field in Ireland is at an all-time high. It is predicted that by 2021 there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions worldwide.  Upcoming ISO 27001 classroom training courses in Ireland  ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Training Course  Developed by ISO 27001 … [Read more...]

Gardaí issues Black Friday cyber crime warning

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest time of the year for online retailers – are almost here. Customers look forward to these dates to grab a pre-Christmas bargain, but with cyber crime at an all-time high in Ireland, it’s more important than ever to ensure the website you’re browsing is trusted and legitimate. Here are a few tips to protect yourself against cyber criminals. Do your … [Read more...]

No organisation is immune to cyber attacks

Hackers are becoming more skilled and sophisticated, and this is leaving Irish business owners and their systems extremely vulnerable and unable to protect themselves against cyber security threats. One of the most common tools a company can use to defend themselves against hackers is a penetration test. During a penetration test, an ethical hacker utilises the same techniques as a criminal hacker … [Read more...]