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Protecting Corporate Data…When an Employee Leaves

Originally published October, 2014, updated January 2019 When someone leaves the company, the human resources(HR) department is quick to grab the employee’s laptop. But what about the data on other equipment? How can the organization know what’s on every employee’s mobile devices? Does anyone know to which websites and cloud-based software the employee has access to? Here’s how IT … [Read more...]

3 fundamental IT issues and how you can resolve them

Every organisation has its own unique challenges, but some issues are so fundamental to business operations that they are practically universal. This blog outlines three common problems, and offers a solution for understanding and tackling them. 1. Staff awareness According to Leron Zinatullin, author of The Psychology of Information Security, one of the biggest problems … [Read more...]

Creating strong passwords: why it’s vital and how to do it.

Have you been pwned? Creating strong passwords: why it’s vital and how to do it. Infosec researcher Troy Hunt has revealed last week that 773 million email addresses have been shared in a “a popular hacker forum” – along with a very large number of plain text passwords. This seems to be a collection of […] … [Read more...]

Does the US Need a Constitutional Amendment for Data Privacy?

Data privacy seems to have surpassed all other technological buzzwords (with Big Data, AI and IoT largely responsible for the increase in available data) in the last few years, primarily because of the number of data breaches, which continues to rise unabated each year. … [Read more...]

Honeypots Catch Winnie-the-Pooh…And Hackers Too!

Honeypots defend digital assets by attracting cybercriminals and allowing their activities to be analyzed. … [Read more...]

Government shutdown puts Americans in danger

Happy Friday folks! If you are in the United States, then you should know we are on our 23rd day of a government shutdown.  While it is considered a “partial” shutdown, there are still plenty of government workers who are not being paid or have been sent home, furloughed. Last week, TechCrunch posted a concerning story about the shutdown and most importantly, they covered the reporting … [Read more...]

The 3 Biggest Offenders of the GDPR

2018 will go down as the year that the rules changed for data privacy and data protection standards. I’m of course referring to the GDPR that was enacted in May 2018. … [Read more...]

The top cyber stories of December 2018

The top cyber stories of December 2018 Marriott data breach The Marriott hotel group revealed that the systems of its “Starwood” division had been compromised and could have leaked detailed data on as many as half a billion customers. The Starwood group includes such major hotel brands as Sheraton, Westin and W hotels, among many […] … [Read more...]

Smart speakers: Christmas treat or lump of coal?

Christmas is nearly upon us, and thoughts are perhaps turning to various digital presents of a “smart” nature. Home security, hubs, speakers, cameras, and mashups of all of those and more besides. With regards to speakers, the most immediate pieces of your home are theoretically at your beck and call. There’s lots of good advice out there in terms of what to do with your new devices. Untick boxes, … [Read more...]

Podcast : Top 6 Data Breaches of 2018

And here we are yet again. Another year and another array of data breaches to talk about over the course of the year. So what exactly defined 2018 when it came to data security? … [Read more...]