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Ransomware – the biggest cyber threat?

Ransomware is the biggest cyber threat to organisations and individuals alike. The speed at which the number of ransomware infections is growing is incredible: predictions suggest that worldwide, a business will fall victim to ransomware every 14 seconds in 2019, increasing to every 11 seconds by 2021. In Q1 of 2019, Kaspersky Labs reported that…

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British Airways to face fine of £183.39m for data breach under GDPR

The ICO has issued a notice of its intention to fine British Airways £183.39m for infringements of new Data Protection laws. This follows an investigation by the ICO into a cyber incident involving the personal data of 500,000 customers.  The incident involved British Airways website users being directed to a fraudulent site which collected log…

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Half of schools not fully GDPR compliant – is it the same in the business world?

A year on from the introduction of GDPR and after the flurry of privacy notices, are businesses confident with their GDPR compliance? TES reported recently that four in five schools believe fines for breaching new data protection regulations would ‘significantly impact’ them but that only half of schools and colleges were fully compliant. Talking to…

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Securious achieve ISO 27001 certification

As a busy, growing company achieving ISO 27001:2013 is always challenging, but our team all worked really well together, and demonstrated how well our implementation plan works. ISO 27001:2013 is the international standard for information security. Certification by a UKAS accredited body such as BSI ensures that the highest standards are achieved and maintained. ISO…

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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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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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