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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 [...]

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. [...]

According to the Business Continuity Institute's (BCI) inaugural Information Security Report, 15% of organisations "lost sensitive data" in the last 12 months. Indeed the actual figure could be higher, as a further 15% don't know if they did or didn't. Whatever the precise figure, it is broadly in line with a report from IBM in [...]

Equifax Data Breach – CEO Retires

The Chairman and CEO of Equifax yesterday became the latest executive to "retire" in the wake of the enormous data breach announced on 7th September; the CIO and CSO having already "retired" two weeks ago.  The previous "retirements" coincide with the bottoming out of a steep fall in share price (roughly 33% or $5b) following [...]

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 [...]

ISO 27001 Implementation

A short article with some top tips for the successful implementation of ISO 27001:2013.  Based on practical experience, and an enviable track record in assisting clients through to certification, this article gives highlights some critical steps to take in the route to ISO 27001 accreditation.

ISO 27001 READINESS FOR GDPR

A quick surf of the internet lists many articles demonstrating how ISO 27001 can help you to be ready for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), usually from companies only too glad to help you implement ISO 27001.  In this article, I would like to take a slightly different tack, and look at some 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, [...]

Just over 1 month on from the WannaCry attack, there have been reports about a significant ransomware attack on University College London.  The attacks impacted shared drives, with detailed instructions given out on the university website.  By 2.30pm on 16th June, users were told that the 'first phase of share folders will come back online this [...]

Well, another year, and another Business Continuity Awareness Week, and it certainly seems to have slip out with less of a bang than it started!  This year's theme has been Cyber Resilience and, given the world-wide problems with WannaCry, it has certainly been a topical theme! Today's story looks more towards business continuity in a more traditional setting, [...]