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Marriott Hotel could not rule out possibility of encryption keys being stolen

Marriott Hotels is investigating a data breach including encrypted payment card data but can not rule out possibility that encryption keys had also been stolen Marriott has set up a separate website to help the 327 million customers who may be affected by the incident. The access attempt was discovered when Marriott received an alert from…

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Rogue employee receives 6 month sentence in ICO Computer Misuse Act prosecution

A motor trade employee has received a six month prison sentence for accessing customer information and then sharing with claims management  companies. This is the first ICO prosecution which under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 which carries a potential prison sentence rather than the Data Protection Acts of 1998 and 2018. The rogue employee accessed…

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Demonstrating security measures is a useful marketing tool

Stand out as the supplier of choice by demonstrating the cyber security measures you have in place. Make it easy to find the level of security measures in place and enable your organisation to stand out from the competition. Cyber security compliance then becomes another marketing tool rather than another task. Displaying the level of security measures…

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Don’t trust your hardware: Why security vulnerabilities affect us all

Dr Paulo Garcia from Carleton University in Canada discusses in The Conversation  the three reasons why hardware is inherently unsafe and how, with the rise of the Internet of Things, a stamp of security will provide a competitive edge. A few weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that China was spying on American tech firms, including Apple…

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Bupa fined £175k by ICO

The ICO has fined Bupa Insurance Services Ltd (Bupa) £175,000 for failing to have effective security measures in place to protect customers’ personal information. The data breach was discovered in June 2017 when customer data was being offered for sale on the dark web. The report found that a rogue employee, one of 20 employees…

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Secure South West 11 event – access to cyber security expertise locally

SSW11 – The University of Plymouth are hosting the Eleventh Secure South West  event on the 24th October 2018 where academic and industry experts share data and cyber security knowledge with organisations in the South West This free event has gained significant traction within the South West region as it offers an amazing diversity of…

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Check your E-commerce website for malicious JavaScript

Increase in malicious JavaScript attack on E-commerce websites. If you are running a website that takes credit card payments and have integrated a shopping cart – please take note: A relatively simple technique, that has been around for many years has suddenly been seen to be on the increase. The technique allows the injection of…

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Cyber security: shouldn’t be news – user access should be controlled

Access to data and files should be restricted to only give enough access to files, software and settings to enable staff to perform their role. Access control is one of the basic controls for the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Cyber Essentials is a great first steps organisations should be implementing to start their cyber…

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