Category: Privacy

GDPR: A quick start guide

We look at how organisations can prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation. On 28 May 2018, the EU’s ambitious General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, with the aim of strengthening data privacy and protection for all EU citizens. The regulation puts individuals firmly back in charge of their personal information and what ...

More than half of UK business owners still unaware of GDPR

A staggering 84% of small UK business owners are unaware of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Shred-it's seventh annual Security Tracker research. The firm surveyed 1000 owners of small companies in the UK and discovered that whilst 87% claimed to have at least some understanding of their industry's legal requirements, just ...

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in May 2017

The WannaCry ransomware attack, which claimed 200,000 victims in 150+ countries, has been the talking point for many in the last few weeks. However, as you’d expect, WannaCry wasn’t the only threat/breach/hack that occurred this month. I’d like to bring some lesser-known stories to your attention. As it stands, I estimate that at least 61,341,797 ...

China’s new cyber security law leaves foreign firms guessing

China is gearing up to enforce its new cybersecurity law, but foreign companies don’t know much about it, which is causing headaches. According to a report in The New York Times, the law, which was approved in 2016 and takes effect today (01 June 2017), is aimed at helping Beijing control the internet within the borders of ...

Google reiterates commitment to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

All G Suite and Google Cloud Platform services will be in full compliance with the privacy requirements of the GDPR when it goes into effect next May, the company says. When the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) formally goes into effect next year, Google will be ready for it. That's according to Suzanne ...

Up to 1,200 breaches already in 2017 – on the road to worst year ever

With more than 1,200 breaches and a massive 3.4 billion records exposed already, 2017 is on pace to be yet another worst year on record for breach activity. Risk Based Security’s Q1 2017 DataBreach QuickView Report found that in particular, the practice of emulating a trusted party and requesting copies of W-2 forms has clearly ...

Which locks your phone best: Pins, Patterns or Passwords?

The popular pattern lock system used to secure millions of Android phones could be cracked within just five attempts - and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack. With hacking methods getting more advanced all the time, which phone lock should you be using: pin, pattern, password, or print?

Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware ‘by accident’

A UK security researcher explained the BBC how he "accidentally" halted the spread of the malicious ransomware that has affected hundreds of organisations, including the UK's NHS. The 22-year-old man, known by the pseudonym MalwareTech, had taken a week off work, but decided to investigate the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack. He managed to ...

Batman’s secret password revealed

Kickoff Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 with a smile! A hidden camera caught Batman shouting his secret password.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in April 2017

With more and more organisations wanting to learn about the EU General Data Protection Regulation, it’s been difficult for me to find the time to keep up to date with the month’s breaches and hacks. When I started compiling April’s list, I hoped that there weren’t many breaches this month, but unfortunately I was wrong. ...

How to be a tech security Jedi: 5 lessons from the original Star Wars movies

Pop-culture can teach us a lot about computer security if we’re willing to dig a bit beneath the surface.