Another Big Rise in ISO 22301 and ISO 27001 Certifications

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 […]

Increasing Numbers of Certifications to ISO 22301 and ISO 27001

According to the latest figures from the International Standards Organisation (ISO), covering the period up to the end of 2019, there have been significant increases in the number of certifications to ISO 22301 and ISO 27001 globally: ISO 22301 “Valid Certificates” rose 12% to 1690; and ISO 27001 “Valid Certificates” rose 14% to 36 360. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Big Rises in ISO 22301 and ISO 27001 Certifications in 2016

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the results of their 2016 survey last week and there are big rises in the number of certifications for both ISO 22301 and ISO 27001. By the end of 2016 there were a total of 3853 organizations globally certified to ISO 22301, a rise of 23% from 2015. […]

Steep Rise in Self-Reported Data Protection Incidents

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, […]

Business Continuity Awareness Week Day 4 – more cyber news

A quick summary of the cyber news today, and it is clear that the same key lessons are emerging as have already been noted this week.  Indian restaurant guide, Zomato, is reporting the theft of data of some 17 million users.  From the phrasing in their blog, it appears that they have just found the breach, […]

Business Continuity Awareness Week Day 3 – Data Breaches in Healthcare

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 Day 2 – Cyber attacks continue

Hot on the heels of the massive ransomware attack on 12 May 2017, reports are emerging of ransomware attack on Disney.  Unlike the Wannacry attack, which has impacted over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, the Disney attack has been deliberately targeted, with hackers threatening to release segments of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film […]

Business Continuity Awareness Week Day 1

What a start to Business Continuity Awareness Week!  The theme for this year is Cyber Resilience’, and the week has started with the investigations and continued fall-out from what has possibly been the world’s largest cyber security event which occurred on Friday afternoon. A ransomware attack has spread throughout 150 countries, infecting more than 200,000 […]