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The GDPR has arrived: What happens now?

So, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here and the sky hasn’t fallen. Some have reacted with an eye roll and a muttered “what did you think was going to happen?” Others will think it’s Y2K all over again: a big build up for nothing. Of course, the world post-25 May 2018 looks very much the same as it did before, but it’s much too early to pass judgement. The effects of the GDPR … [Read more...]

9 steps to implementing ISO 27001

There are many reasons to adopt ISO 27001, the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). It helps organisations improve their security, comply with cyber security regulations, and protect and enhance their reputation. But implementing the Standard takes a lot of time and effort. That should be obvious, at least if you believe the … [Read more...]

The GDPR: What you need to know about DPIAs

Article 35 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces the concept of data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). DPIAs help organisations identify and minimise privacy risks in data processing activities. They are essential if you process any high-risk data, but they are also relevant when you are introducing a new data collection process, system or technology. An effective … [Read more...]

How to spot a phishing attack

Phishing is one of the biggest threats that individuals and organisations face, but do you know what they are, what they look like, and where to look for them? In the broadest sense, phishing is any attempt to pose as a trustworthy source in order to get people to hand over personal information. Phishing usually takes the form of mass emails sent to hundreds or thousands of people, criminals can … [Read more...]

Why are so many organisations getting certified to ISO 27001?

What do Microsoft, Verizon, Apple, Google, Intel, and Amazon have in common? As well as all being Fortune 500 companies, they are all ISO 27001 certified. With a global growth rate of 20%, ISO 27001 has become the de facto standard for information security management system (ISMS) certifications. Why are so many organisations getting certified to ISO 27001? Data breaches and cyber attacks are, … [Read more...]

The challenges facing companies in the lead up to GDPR – A consultant’s perspective

Sharon O’Reilly, GRC/GDPR consultant at IT Governance Europe, was interviewed by The Sunday Business Post before her appearance today at the GDPR Summit. She discussed the challenges facing organisations in the lead up to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  According to Sharon, these challenges include:  Finding/sourcing the right people to drive compliance programmes;  Determining … [Read more...]

What you need to know about Ireland’s newly published 2018 Data Protection Bill

The Irish government has published its highly anticipated 2018 Data Protection Bill. The Bill, which broadly follows the general scheme released in May 2017, incorporates Ireland’s national implementing measures required under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as a new regulatory framework for enforcing data protection laws in Ireland. What you need to know: > The “digital … [Read more...]

The GDPR: Consumer rights for your personal data

You’re probably aware of ‘consumer rights’: they are the rules organisations need to follow to stop customers from being exploited. The specifics vary between laws, but they almost always include the rights to remain safe, informed and to lodge complaints. Though essential, these rights don’t reflect the way consumer culture has evolved in recent years. Goods and services are now often exchanged … [Read more...]

12 questions to ask your CISO

With the rise in cyber attacks and increased risk of a data breach, organisation boards are under increased pressure than ever to improve data governance and security. To help organisations ensure that all areas of cyber security are covered, IT Governance’s team of cyber security experts have examined the top 12 questions that you need to ask your CISO. Download this free brochure to … [Read more...]

Possible breach at INM threatening ‘the very core’ of investigative journalism

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has claimed that data relating to former and current staff at Independent News & Media (INM), including four journalists and former directors, has been breached. The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) was concerned that data was removed from the organisation’s premises in October 2014, and subsequently taken out of the … [Read more...]