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Top 5 tips for tackling the rising threat of data breaches

Cyber security is a daunting topic. Every week there’s a new big data breach, experts are constantly warning that “you’re next”, and the threat of fines and other disciplinary action under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) lingers over all of us. To help you understand how to address these issues, IT Governance Director Steve Watkins gave us his top five tips for staying … [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...]

Google fined €50 million in landmark GDPR ruling

Google has been fined €50 million by the CNIL, France’s data protection regulator, for a breach of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).  It’s by far the biggest fine related to the GDPR, which took effect in May 2018 and gave regulatory bodies much stronger disciplinary powers.  What did Google do wrong?  The CNIL concluded that Google had violated the GDPR in two … [Read more...]

6 tools to help you manage your organisation’s security measures and GDPR compliance

The ability to prevent data breaches has become a lot more important since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect. You should have already been concerned about your customers’ freedom and privacy, your susceptibility to regulatory action and your ability to protect your reputation in the event of a security incident, but these have now taken on heightened significance. The … [Read more...]

How cyber resilience can help you comply with the GDPR

Cyber resilience is an emerging approach to tackling the threat of data breaches and disruptions, combining elements of cyber security and business continuity management. It acknowledges that traditional approaches to cyber security are increasingly inadequate, with organisations unable to cope with the number of threats facing them. With cyber resilience, organisations don’t put all their … [Read more...]

How to document your information security policy

Information security policies play a vital role in organisational security. Getting your policy right will give you an excellent framework to build on, making sure that all your efforts follow a single goal. But if you get it wrong, you risk neglecting key issues and exposing yourself to data breaches. To make sure you get off on the right track, we’ve taken some advice from Alan Calder and … [Read more...]

Still struggling with the GDPR? Here’s how you can get started

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been in effect for more than seven months now, but many organisations still aren’t fully compliant with its requirements, and some are still only just getting started.  That’s obviously not ideal, but the good news is that organisations that are still working towards compliance don’t need to feel as though they’ve left … [Read more...]

Dublin law firm scammed out of €97,000

A Dublin law firm transferred €97,000 to cyber criminals after its email systems were hacked, the Law Society of Ireland reports. The crooks intercepted emails about a mortgage redemption, altering one in which the client’s bank account details were listed. The misappropriated funds have since been withdrawn from the crooks’ account, and the law firm’s loss will be covered by its cyber … [Read more...]

Building a cyber incident response team

Organisations are starting to acknowledge that it’s impossible to completely remove the threat of data breaches. You might be able to repel most incidents, but it’s important to have a CIR (cyber incident response) plan for the threats you can’t prevent. Effective CIR management can help you detect breaches quicker and earlier, and develop a robust defence against attacks to potentially save … [Read more...]

Questions you should ask when choosing a cyber training course

So, you’ve decided to gain a cyber security qualification. Perhaps your boss requested that you get one, maybe you realised it’ll boost your chances of a promotion, or you might be trying to break into the industry. Whatever your reason, a qualification can reshape your career, so it’s important think carefully before diving in. Cyber security is a broad topic with a wide variety of … [Read more...]