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Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: August 2020

August was the third leakiest month of the year so far, with a massive 99 recorded data breaches and cyber attacks. But, by contrast, only 36,673,575 records were confirmed to have been leaked, which is the fewest we’ve recorded since May 2018. As always, we look at some of the more notable incidents involving European organisations in this blog. County Cork woman received other … [Read more...]

How the Schrems II ruling affects your organisation

Last month, the ECJ (European Court of Justice) ruled that the EU–US Privacy Shield is no longer valid, because it failed to protect people’s rights to privacy and data protection. The framework, which was adopted in 2015 to replace Safe Harbor, is how organisations on both sides of the Atlantic were able to transfer personal data for commercial reasons. However, following criticism from the … [Read more...]

Why start-ups must prioritise cyber security

There’s a lot to consider when starting your own business, and with almost all your resources focused on recouping your investment, it’s understandable that you might not consider information security a top priority. Indeed, you might reason that spending money on defences won’t provide clear, short-term financial returns. However, the threat that cyber crime poses means it’s something you can’t … [Read more...]

European Commission launches investigation into Internet of Things devices

Last month, the European Commission launched a sector inquiry into consumer products and services that use IoT (Internet of Things) technology. The study is intended to identify potential data privacy issues and the possibility of organisations misusing information to gain a competitive advantage. Approximately 400 organisations will be asked for information about the products they sell, how … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: July 2020

After a series of massive data breaches in May and June, which accounted for 15 billion breached records, we saw a reversion to the mean in July. By our count, 77,775,496 records were leaked in 86 incidents. As always, we delve into the more notable incidents affecting European organisations in this blog. Hackers hijack Twitter account of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Criminals looking for … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: April 2020

Despite organisations across the globe being forced to shut down to combat coronavirus, there were still 216,141,421 breached records in April – demonstrating that cyber criminals can thrive under any circumstance. The true scale of the threat is probably even larger, given that many businesses operating with limited resources would have a much harder time detecting a security incident. As always, … [Read more...]

Is your organisation PCI DSS-compliant during the coronavirus pandemic?

Many of us have adapted well to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, but employees responsible for handling payment card transactions won’t have had such an easy time. That’s because they’re required to perform their jobs in line with the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), which contains a set of requirements on the technologies and processes that are used when … [Read more...]

The data protection DOs and DON’Ts during the COVID-19 crisis

You’ve no doubt come across dozens of articles advising you on how to cope during the COVID-19 crisis. However, it’s not only the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff that you need to look after but also your organisation’s ability to prevent security incidents. With employees working from home and no longer subject to the security protections that the office provides, it can be hard to … [Read more...]

A quick guide to the GDPR’s articles and recitals

There is such a breadth of information online about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that it can be daunting to find even basic clarifications on its rules and requirements. With this blog, we hope to simplify things, providing quick explanations of the GDPR’s core concepts. For those who want to learn more about each topic, we have links to articles where we’ve discussed the issue in … [Read more...]

What are the security risks of Cloud computing?

Cloud services are an integral part of modern business, with as many as 94% of organisations using it for at least some part of their operations. The reliance on Cloud services will soar in the coming weeks and months, as employees work from home where possible in the fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. Separated from the office and local hard drives, employees will be able to use … [Read more...]