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Building on her previous studies over the last twenty years, Deborah Pretty of Pentland Analytics has recently published new research looking at "Reputational Risk in the Cyber Age".  The study analyses a sample of 125 reputational risk events over the last ten years including: The Samsung Galaxy Note7 recall; The Volkswagen emissions scandal; and Cyber-attacks [...]

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published its report for the year 2017/18 last month, containing a useful update on the prevalence of information security issues. Firstly, the ICO reported that the number of data protection concerns raised had risen to 21019 (up 15% from last year).  In a similar pattern to last year, 32% of [...]

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) recently published its 2018 Cyber Resilience Report.  In many ways this year's report confirms the findings of the previous reports in 2016 and 2017: 66% of organisations experienced at least one "cyber security incident" in the last 12 months (64% in 2017); 11% of organisations experienced more than 20 incidents [...]

Last week was a very busy week for the ICO - and nothing to do with GDPR.... First came the announcement on 12th June that Yahoo! UK Services Ltd was being fined £250 000 for the massive data breach in 2014 (disclosed in 2016) affecting 500 million users globally.  Specifically, the ICO's investigation focused on [...]

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2018, with the theme "working together to improve organizational resilience", ends today.  As usual there has been a busy programme of reports published, webinars hosted and live events around the globe; but what always interests us is the real business continuity stories going on around all this.  For some reason, [...]

Based on information from four of the five recognised accreditation bodies (CREST, IASME, APMG and QG Management Systems), there has been another big increase in the number of organisations achieving certification under the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus schemes.  As of last week 7794 organisations had achieved certification through these four accreditation [...]

In the week that the publication of "Lessons Learned Review of the WannaCry Ransomware Cyber Attack" concluded that the impact on the NHS of last May's attack was preventable; there is some good news on the cyber security front.... The number of organisations achieving certification under the UK Government's Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus [...]

Radware's annual reports provide a very detailed analysis of the current state of the cyber security threat.  Whilst the latest report, released earlier this month, confirms that cyber attacks are occurring with relentless frequency and continue to evolve and grow in sophistication; it also shows some subtle shifts in the targeting of these attacks.  For [...]

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced yesterday that it had fined Carphone Warehouse £400 000 over a cyber-attack in 2015.  The company’s failure to secure the system allowed unauthorised access to the personal data of over three million customers and 1,000 employees, including: names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, marital status and payment card details.  [...]

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 [...]