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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...]

Two ways data breach victims can claim compensation

  When the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect, so much attention was paid to organisations’ compliance burdens that most people overlooked one of its main intentions, which was to give individuals more control over the way their information is used. Regulators understood that when data breaches occur, the biggest victims are often the people who that data belongs to. Sure, … [Read more...]

3 types of employees that cause data breaches

  The most overlooked part of cyber security is internal defences. Organisations pump resources into technologies that prevent criminals accessing their systems, but allow their employees to access them with only minimal safeguards. This leaves organisations vulnerable to a variety of insider threats. Here are three of the most common.   Remote workers Remote workers are a part of … [Read more...]

A checklist for responding to and reporting data breaches

There is a lot you need to do after you discover a data breach, so it’s a good idea to keep a checklist. This will help you keep track of your progress during a hectic few days and ensure that you’ve done everything necessary to comply with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). We recommend using a list such as this: Find out what types of data are affected Find out how many records … [Read more...]

Chat app Knuddels fined €20,000 for GDPR breach

  The privacy risks that come with online dating have again made headlines, with German chat service Knuddels being handed a €20,000 fine for breaching its customers’ data. Users of apps like these sign up to flirt with people, but can easily find themselves flirting with disaster instead. They willingly hand over huge swathes of personal data to organisations that don’t have robust security … [Read more...]

5 tips to keep your data safe and secure

There is no escaping the threat of cyber security incidents. Organisations are being warned about data breaches in the media, regulators are demanding improved information security and the public is getting more vocal when organisations make mistakes. You may well think that staying secure and pacifying all these groups is an expensive and seemingly impossible task. However, some of the most … [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...]