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The GDPR has led to a spike in DSARs (data subject access requests)

Depending on who you ask, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has either overhauled the way organisations handle personal data or it’s a complex and ultimately pointless piece of bureaucracy.  Fortunately, the number of people in the latter camp has shrunk in the past year or so, as the GDPR has proven to have a tangible effect on business. And we’re not just talking about fines, both … [Read more...]

Does your organisation’s data protection policy comply with the GDPR?

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has meant that organisations across Europe must be a lot more rigorous about the way they handle people’s personal data.  One of the most important steps is to create a data protection policy to make sure employees know exactly what they should and shouldn’t do when processing or storing sensitive information.    What a data … [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...]

How cyber insurance can help you manage information security risks

For years, organisations have been looking for ways to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences of data breaches. They might have finally found the answer in the form of cyber insurance.  Like any insurance policy, cyber insurance helps cover the costs associated with relevant damages. This includes things like loss of productivity, assisting those affected by the breach and fixing … [Read more...]

List of data breaches and cyber attacks by region: June 2019

It’s been a bad month for Australia and Canada: dumped out of the Women’s World Cup and responsible for 13 data breaches. Meanwhile, another Irish hospital has left medical records on a city street for the public to find and local US governments continue to be plagued by ransomware. In total, there were at least 62 data breaches and cyber attacks in June 2019. You can read the full list below, and … [Read more...]

Social engineering is becoming cyber criminals’ weapon of choice

The cyber security industry has traditionally focused on technological weaknesses, but according to the 2019 Trustwave Global Security Report, the majority of breaches begin with social engineering.    What is social engineering?  Social engineering is a method of psychological manipulation in which a trickster persuades someone to perform certain actions or divulge sensitive … [Read more...]

Facebook under investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Last Friday, Facebook announced that it has uncovered a bug that may have affect up to 6.8 million of its members. This bug gave third-party apps access to more users’ photos than they originally thought. The bug was found in software that used Facebook’s login to grant third-party apps access to a user’s photos on the platform. This bug was active for 12 days between 13 and 25 … [Read more...]

Irish government not prepared for a cyber attack

The rise in security breaches across Ireland has cost the government almost 8 times more than just two years ago. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) saw its budget increase by the department of Communications in 2017 to €2m, up from €250,000 just two years earlier. Richard Bruton Communications Minister announced the budget for the NCSC in a written parliamentary answer but declined to give … [Read more...]

There has never been a better time to consider a career in cyber security

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. So, if you are thinking about your next career move, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in cyber security.   Cyber … [Read more...]

Free webinar: First steps to GDPR compliance

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has significantly reshaped the data protection landscape for organisations worldwide that collect and process EU residents’ personal data. The Regulation imposes fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater) for non-compliance.  Data breaches are on the rise and affecting Irish organisations such as Eir, which … [Read more...]