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GDPR – maintaining compliance and Brexit

In our final blog, GDPR – One Year On, Alice Turley examines the impact of the GDPR maintaining compliance with the Regulation, and the effect of Brexit on the Regulation.     Key messages from the DPC The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland held a conference on 31 March 2019 focusing on data breach notifications and risk assessments. Among those speaking was Niall Cavanagh, … [Read more...]

Advance your career with ISO 27001 certified training

Continual professional development is vital for professionals to develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to deliver best practice and compliance in any organisation, and will help you progress in your career.    Why achieve certification in ISO 27001? ISO 27001 is one of the most popular cyber security standards in the world, with certifications growing by more than 450% in the … [Read more...]

5 ways to spot phishing scams

Phishing is one of the most common tactics cyber criminals use to steal people’s data and infect their devices with malware. It uses deceptive emails and websites to trick victims into clicking malicious links, downloading attachments or sending sensitive information.   Phishing emails can impersonate well-known brands or even people you know, such as colleagues. The goal is to trick the recipient … [Read more...]

Tackle your GDPR compliance issues head-on with IT Governance

It’s been almost a year since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force, but Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study found only 59% of organisations worldwide are compliant.  If you haven’t yet begun your compliance journey, you should prioritise tackling those areas where a lack of action leaves … [Read more...]

5 things you should do to improve your organisation’s staff awareness

Organisations and employees often think of staff awareness training as a hassle. Work grinds to a halt as you’re hauled off to a meeting room and lectured about stuff that probably doesn’t even affect you.  Except that it does. Human error was the primary cause of 46% of data breaches last year, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations … [Read more...]

GDPR-compliant organisations reaping the benefits, study finds

Organisations that meet the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) experience a wide variety of benefits, according to a new Cisco report. The 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study demonstrates that GDPR compliance makes organisations less susceptible to data breaches, as you’d expect, but it also streamlines business processes and helps win … [Read more...]

Does your dashcam put you within scope of the GDPR?

Dashcams have become a common feature on vehicles, with drivers eager to document their innocence when it comes to accidents or legal matters. Some insurers even offer drivers discounts for installing such devices in their cars. However, Ireland’s DPC (DataProtection Commission) has warned that dash cams might be more hassle than they’re worth. It issued guidance last week stating that the … [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...]

How to stay cyber secure over the Christmas period

If there’s a worst possible time for an organisation to suffer a data breach, it’s Christmas. That’s not only because it’s morale-sapping to suffer such bad news at a time that’s supposed to be full of cheer and optimism. There’s also the practicalities of responding to an incident at this time of year. For some organisations, particularly retailers, the Christmas period is their peak trading … [Read more...]

7 tips to help you implement a GDPR staff awareness training programme

Staff awareness training is an essential component of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), but do you know how it works in practice? Here are seven things you can do to make your awareness programme a success. Consider your requirements There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach for staff awareness training. Every organisation needs to tailor its programme according to several … [Read more...]