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According to figures published recently by the International Standards Organisation (ISO), there was another steep rise in the number of certifications globally to both ISO 222301 and ISO 27001 last year.  As of the end of 2020, there were: 44 486 valid ISO 27001 certificate (up 22% on 2019); and 2205 valid ISO 22301 certificates [...]

Databarracks have just published their 2021 Data Health Check.  You may think “So what?” – we are constantly bombarded with surveys on different aspects of information security management.  I would argues that the Data Health Check is interesting for two reasons: It is explicitly UK focused; and The survey has been carried out every year [...]

So it’s the final day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2021: what have we learnt this year? Undoubtedly, BCAW 2021 has been dominated by high-profile ransomware events, with a combination of: Continued fallout from the DarkSide attack on Colonial Pipeline earlier in the month; Ongoing disruption to the Irish Health Service following an attack [...]

Concerns are growing about the impact of a ransomware attack on one of the major oil pipeline networks in the US.  The Colonial Pipeline, which carries 100 million gallons of refined oil products a day from Houston as far North as New York, has been closed since Friday following a ransomware attack. Emergency legislation has [...]

Only 48 hours after the dramatic launch of Alex Salmond’s Alba Party, the Herald on Sunday reported that the names of more than 4,000 people who had signed up to attend party events were inadvertently made public.  Amusingly (or not, depending on your viewpoint), the list apparently contained a number of high-profile SNP members.  The [...]

How Safe are Data Centres?

Yesterday morning, millions of websites were off-line as fire raged through a data centre in Strasbourg.  OVH is the fourth largest web-hosting provider in Europe (after AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud), and operates four data centres on the Strasbourg site.  One 500m2 data centre was destroyed and another was damaged in the blaze; the [...]

The GDPR Enforcement Tracker website shows a dramatic increase in the number of fines being issued for data breaches in recent months.  Across Europe only 75 fines were levied in the first two years after GDPR came into force, or about 3 fines per month.  However, in the last 9 months a further 72 fines [...]

Nearly a week on from Sky News breaking the story that Serco had been the victim of a ransomware attack, details of the incident are still very sketchy.  From a UK perspective, we are being reassured that the attack has only affected systems on mainland Europe; so that the NHS Test and Trace programme is [...]

More details have emerged in the last couple of weeks of the significant impact of the ransomware attack on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that began on Xmas Eve.  Nearly 4 weeks on, it has emerged that the email system is still down and that emails submitted since the attack began cannot be accessed.  [...]

Many of us woke up in the UK this morning to the story that, unbelievably, 150 000 records had been erroneously deleted from the Police National Computer.  The data loss, which occurred during a regular weekly purge of data, has been attributed to a coding error which has now been rectified.  Reassuring as this may [...]