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There appears to have been a big rise in the number of organisations certifying to the Cyber Essentials standard over the last three months.  Data from the four certifying bodies in August 2017 revealed that nearly 4600 organisations were certified at that stage, but this has now risen to over 5500; an increase of more [...]

At first glance the announcement of a data breach involving data from 57 million drivers and customers of Uber is a case of more of the same: there have been much bigger breaches over the last few years.  However, the revelation that the company didn't acknowledge the breach for a year, opting instead to pay [...]

The BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report has become an invaluable source of information for both resilience and supply chain professionals over the last few years.  The release of the 2017 report this week brings the picture right up to date. In many ways this year's report confirms the patterns seen in previous years: 65% of [...]

Extremely Sensitive Data Breaches

We are now becoming so used to data breaches that only the most spectacular example receive much attention.  Usually they are spectacular because of the sheer volume of data, such as the Yahoo! breach of 2013; but on this occasion the newsworthy feature of the attacks is the sensitivity of the data that was compromised. [...]

The October 2015 data breach at TalkTalk, resulting in the theft of personal data of almost 157,000 customers and a record £400 000 fine, has been widely reported  here and elsewhere.  However, another serious breach has not been so widely reported. TalkTalk began investigating in September 2014, after  receiving complaints from customer that they were [...]

The Hull-based telecoms firm, KCOM, has been fined £900k by Ofcom over a failure of their 999 call service back in December 2015.  The 4-hour outage resulted in 74 emergency calls failing, so the fine equates to over £10 000 per call (or £225k per hour)!  Although Ofcom accepted that the root cause of the [...]

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released its 2016/17 annual report on 13th July, which showed another steep rise in the number of data protection incidents. There were a total of 2565 self-reported data protection incidents in 2016/17, an increase of over 30% from the previous year. Once again the top sectors, by number of incidents, [...]

There has understandably been much focus, over the last few days, on information security in the NHS.  Whilst there is still no suggestion that any patient data was breached in the recent ransomware incident, breaches of patient data remain a global problem within the healthcare sector: over 30 million patient records were breached in the [...]

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) takes place this year from the 15th to the 19th of May and focuses on the very topical issue of cyber security.  As a timely curtain-raiser for BCAW 2017, the news emerged on Monday that user IDs and email addresses for customers of the 'Guardian Soulmates' dating website had been [...]

Speaking last week at the Institute of Directors; Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, announced a new push on the Cyber Essentials programme to encourage all UK businesses to adopt the scheme.  Measure announced include: Updating the Cyber Essentials requirements, to make the scheme easier to use; A marketing campaign to raise awareness and drive [...]