Newsflash: Thousands of unencrypted records leaked
What it would be like if this shocking headline was directed at your company.How would you explain the breach to thousands of your clients and hundreds of your business partners and suppliers? Continue reading “Newsflash: Thousands of unencrypted records leaked”
ICO worried about firms’ ability to manage data breaches
Britain’s data watchdog is worried about the ability of UK companies to prevent, detect and respond to data breaches.An investigation into the response of firms prior to the introduction of GDPR in May 2018 showed it routinely took firms two months to realise they had been the victim of a breach with one firm going a staggering 1,320 days – four months – before they realised what had happened. Continue reading “ICO worried about firms’ ability to manage data breaches”
How safe is your data?
Would you ever dream of going away on holiday and leaving your front door wide open with all your precious possessions sitting totally unprotected and at the mercy of the first opportunist criminal to waltz straight in and rob you blind?No, of course you wouldn’t, but 37% of British SMEs (small and medium sized businesses) don’t have a cybersecurity plan in place, leaving themselves wide open to attack from hackers worldwide. Continue reading “How safe is your data?”
Right to be confident? Or worried?
New figures show that board members and top management of some of our biggest companies are confident that their business is protected against cyberattack.But a different survey – this time of IT professionals – has shown that, while their bosses are confident, they themselves are deeply worried. Continue reading “Right to be confident? Or worried?”
59,000 cases in the first year of GDPR
As GDPR reaches its first birthday the news has broken that there were no fewer than 59,000 breaches reported to regulators in the first year of its existence.Introduced in May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) revolutionised the reporting of data breaches across Europe and though no major fines have yet been issued it is understood that there have already been 91 penalties issued which were not large enough to make the news pages. Continue reading “59,000 cases in GDPR’s first year”
How serious is your company about data protection?
It seems like every other day we wake up to the news that yet another company has had a data breach exposing thousands or even millions of records containing highly sensitive personal and financial information.We’ve all heard the stories, but what have you done to try to ensure your company is safe from attack? Continue reading “How serious is your company about data protection?”
Iranian hackers steal 6TB of sensitive data
A team of Iranian hackers has stolen 6 terabytes of highly sensitive data from multi-national software company Citrix by finding a commonly used password to unlock the firm’s security system.Proving how vital good password management is, the group calling themselves Iridium are believed to have used a password spraying technique to bombard Citrix until they found a commonly used password which gave them entry to the system. Once inside they were able to find a way through the firm’s online security until hitting the data jackpot. Continue reading “Iranian hackers steal 6TB of sensitive data”
Is it time you went Phishing?The whole world is under attack from dangerous, predatory ‘phish’ set loose by fraudsters intent on stealing your money or, even worse, the innermost secrets of your organisation. You may have heard about it and the devastating effect it has had on individual consumers who have had their passwords and bank details stolen before having their accounts emptied by criminals and their life savings spirit away. Continue reading “Is it time you went phishing?”
Marriott fined £99 million for GDPR breach
The U.S. based; Marriott International hotel group has been fined £99 million for a data breach in violation of GDPR just 24 hours after British Airways were fined a record £183 million for a similar offence.Britain’s data controller – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – announced its notice of intent to impose the fine for a data breach which compromised the details of 339 million hotel guests. It is believed the incident happened in 2014, but only came to light four years later. Continue reading “Marriott fined £99 million for GDPR breach”