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19Sep

Cybercriminals target the printer, the weakest link in your wireless network

Choosing a printer these days is more than about the print resolution or the speed of printing. It turns out, the humble printer sitting in the corner of your office is the weakest link in an office network and poses as a security threat in the event of a breach. It is this piece of hardware […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th September 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, cyber threat, data breach, data protection, IT security
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19Sep

Banks urged to upgrade ATM security systems amid threats of fresh cyberattacks

The FBI contacted banks last month to warn against a potential large-scale, highly choreographed operation known as an ‘ATM Cash Out’, which would see millions of dollars fraudulently withdrawn from cash machines all around the world in just a few hours via hacked bank accounts or payment card processors. The alert said small to medium-sized […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th September 2018
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, ATM, cyber attacks, cyber security, IT security
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18Sep

Amazon investigates claims that employees sold confidential data

Amazon is investigating allegations that some of its employees have offered to leak confidential information and delete negative product reviews in exchange for money. According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, Amazon (AMZN) staff members are peddling internal data and other advantages that independent merchants can use to try to get higher rankings […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th September 2018
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  • Amazon, data protection, data security, information security
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18Sep

Council apologises for data breach

Parents have spoken of their shock after an email that was sent to them regarding their disabled children shared their email addresses with more than 150 people. Cornwall Council had sent out an email to parents whose children are registered as disabled, with the council offering a new max card scheme. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th September 2018
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  • Cornwall Council, data breach, data protection, information security
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17Sep

Cyber attack led to Bristol Airport blank screens

Bristol Airport has blamed a cyber attack for causing flight display screens to fail for two days. An airport spokesman said the information screens were taken offline early on Friday to contain an attack similar to so-called “ransomware”. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th September 2018
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  • Bristol Airport, cyber attack, cyber security, IT security, ransomware
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14Sep

Edinburgh Uni Hit by Major Cyber-Attack

The website of Edinburgh University was still down at the time of writing after the institution suffered a major cyber-attack during its Freshers’ Week. A university spokesman told the Edinburgh Evening News that it has “rigid measures in place” to protect IT systems and data. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th September 2018
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  • cyber attack, DDoS, Edinburgh University, threat intelligence
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12Sep

Ciaran Martin’s speech at the CBI Cyber Conference

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, speaking on 12 September at the CBI Cyber Conference. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th September 2018
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  • CBI Conference, Ciaran Martin, cyber security, IT security, NCSC
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12Sep

TV Licensing urges thousands to check bank statements after security error

Thousands of people who bought TV licences have been urged to check their bank statements for suspicious activity.From August 29 to 5 September 2018, around 40,000 transactions made on TV Licensing’s website were “not as secure as they should have been”.  The company is now advising anyone who entered sort codes and bank account numbers […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th September 2018
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  • data protection, data security, information security, Infosec, TV licence
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12Sep

Almost all UK businesses have suffered some kind of security breach

Nearly every business in the UK has been affected by a form of data breach over the last year, new figures have claimed. According to a new report by Carbon Black, out of roughly 250 C-suites that were polled, 92 per cent confirmed to have been breached in the last year. Out of those that […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th September 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, malware, phishing, Security Beach
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11Sep

British Airways: Suspect code that hacked fliers ‘found’

A cyber-security firm has said it found a malicious script injected into the British Airways website, which could be the cause of a recent data breach that affected 380,000 transactions. A RiskIQ researcher analysed code from BA’s website and app around the time when the breach began, in late August. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 11th September 2018
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  • British Airways, cyber security, data breach, data protection
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10Sep

Ten things we know about the BA website breach

British Airways reported that its website and web app had been breached by attackers who downloaded customer data including credit card details, email addresses and postal addresses. While details are sketchy at this point, this is what we have found out so far about the BA breach. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th September 2018
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  • British Airways, cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, information security, IT security, pci dss
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07Sep

British Airways boss apologises for ‘illicit’ data breach

The chief executive of British Airways has apologised for what he has called a very sophisticated breach of the firm’s security systems. Alex Cruz told the BBC that hackers carried out a “sophisticated, malicious criminal attack” on its website. The airline said personal and financial details of customers making bookings had been compromised. About 380,000 transactions […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th September 2018
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  • British Airways, cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, IT security
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06Sep

Human error top cause of self-reported data breaches

New research from the security firm Kroll has revealed that self-reported data breaches are seven times more likely to be caused by human error than by hackers. The firm filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain data on self-reported incidents from organisations to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to learn that 2,124 incidents reported […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th September 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, security breach
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05Sep

Internal auditors identify cyber-security as top risk

Internal auditors say cyber-security is now the biggest risk facing their organisations, in part due to structural insecurities in corporate networks, the threat of data breaches and the growing sophistication of cyber-criminals. And it’s not just fines that worry auditors but the fact that the regulator can freeze operations by halting the processing of data in […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th September 2018
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  • Auditors, cyber crime, cyber security, data breaches, IT security, risk management, vulnerabilities
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05Sep

UK small businesses hit by five cyberattacks each year

New research has shed light on the growing threats faced by small businesses in the UK that faced an average of five cyber attacks over the course of the last 12 months. According to Appstractor’s new independent report titled “Under Attack: Assessing the struggle of UK SMBs against cyber criminals”, some businesses (19%) faced as many […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th September 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, IT security, SMBs
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04Sep

ICO Breach Reports Jump 75% as Human Error Dominates

The volume of data breach incidents reported to the UK’s watchdog over the past two years increased 75% as organizations geared up for the new data protection regime, according to a new FOI request. Risk management firm Kroll also found that human error accounted for the vast majority (88%) of incidents reported to the Information […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th September 2018
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  • cyber attacks, data breach, data protection, human error, ICO, information security, Infosec
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04Sep

Majority of UK firms not insured for data breaches

Only a third of UK organisations have insurance that covers them for security breaches and financial impact of data loss, a survey shows. The survey also shows that only 29% of firms have dedicated cyber insurance in place, despite 81% of senior executives polled saying it is “vital” their organisation is insured against data breaches, […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th September 2018
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  • Cyber Insurance, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, NIS
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03Sep

Data breach reports surge by 75pc as firms obey new rules

Privacy watchdogs have seen reports of data breaches surge 75pc over the last two years as companies battled cyber attacks and prepared to comply with tougher new rules. Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, received 3,156 reports last year from businesses and public bodies that had exposed personal data, including bank detail, criminal and health records as […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd September 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber security, data protection, Elizabeth Denham, ICO, information security, Privacy Watchdog
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31Aug

‘Serious data protection flaw’ in Student Leap Card system

There is a “serious flaw” in the Student Leap Card system which allows college agents access to the personal details of a large number of students across the country, without their knowledge. Third-level students can apply for the transport card, which allows them travel at a discount. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st August 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, University College Dublin
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30Aug

Council apologises for decade-long data breach

A Welsh council has been criticised for leaving sensitive personal information on their website for 11 years.  Documents containing people’s names, addresses and medical conditions have been available on Ceredigion Council’s website since 2007 when the breach was first reported. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th August 2018
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  • Ceredigion Council, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, Infosec
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30Aug

Air Canada app data breach involves passport numbers

Air Canada’s app has suffered a data breach resulting in the suspected loss of thousands of its customers’ personal details. The airline has warned that users who had entered their passport details into the product may have had that data stolen. Experts warn that the theft of such information would pose a serious ID fraud […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th August 2018
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  • Air Canada, cyber security, data breach, data protection, information security, Infosec
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29Aug

UK universities targeted by Iranian hackers

UK universities are among those targeted by a cyber threat group associated with the Iranian government.  Cyber intellectual property thieves have targeted more than 70 universities in the UK and 13 other countries, according to the Secureworks Counter Threat Unit (CTU). Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th August 2018
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  • Cyber Espionage, cyber security, cyber threat, hackers, UK Universities
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29Aug

Email attacks on the rise, say 80% of businesses

Impersonation attacks have increased 80 percent quarter on quarter, according to a new report. The latest figures show that Impersonation or Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks have spiked enormously. According to the new ESRA report from Mimecast, which tests the efficiency of email security systems, a significant 203,000 malicious links within 10,072,682 emails were deemed safe […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th August 2018
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  • Cyber Security. Phishing, Email Attacks, IT security, malware, threat intelligence
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28Aug

UK data breach complaints soar under new EU rules

The number of complaints over data protection breaches has more than doubled since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it had received 6,281 complaints from May 25, when GDPR took effect, to July 3. That compared with 2,417 complaints in the same period last year. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th August 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security
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24Aug

West Ham could face investigation after sharing personal data of up to 200 season ticket holders in email error

West Ham United could face a data breach investigation over allegations bungling staff shared personal details of hundreds of season ticket-holders in a round-robin email. Angry fans took to Twitter on Thursday night to complain their names were among up to 200 email addresses on a blanket message sent out to confirm tickets for next week’s […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th August 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, human error, ICO, information security, West Ham
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24Aug

UK SMBs are struggling to manage their data

Changing work habits and increased data regulation present the perfect opportunity for UK SMBs to take control of their data. New research from Seagate has shed light on the data habits of UK SMBs revealing that many British companies are finding it difficult to store and manage their organisation’s data effectively. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 24th August 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, data security, GDPR, information security, Infosec, SMBs
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23Aug

Almost a Third of Orgs Still Not Completely Prepared for GDPR

New research has revealed that more than a quarter of organizations (28%) do not feel completely compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), despite now being passed the 25 May deadline. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd August 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, information security, Orgs
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23Aug

Google Hit With Lawsuit Over Location Tracking

A lawsuit accuses Google of “the surreptitious location tracking of millions of mobile phone users via its Android mobile operating system and mobile apps.” The plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California on Friday, is Napoleon Patacsil of San Diego. He says he’s owned an iPhone since 2016 […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd August 2018
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  • data protection, data security, google, governance, information security, privacy
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22Aug

Superdrug’s online customers targeted by criminals

Superdrug has warned its online customers to change their passwords after criminals claimed to have obtained their personal details. The chain said the group claimed they had stolen details of 20,000 customers, but it had only seen evidence so far that 386 customers had been affected. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd August 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data protection, data security, Superdrug
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21Aug

Inside the British military base where young hackers learn to stop cybercrime

At the heart of a police operation to defend Britain from attack by cybercriminals, a 14-year-old boy was honing his skills to thwart hackers linked to a rogue state. Ben Abrahmason was among a group who gathered at a military base in Wiltshire on Friday to counter fictional but sophisticated cyber-attacks. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st August 2018
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  • British Military, cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, hackers
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21Aug

NHS Trusts have lost nearly 10,000 patient records in the last year

According to a report by Parliament Street, the UK-based think tank, NHS Trusts have reported 9,132 stolen or misplaced patient records. The disclosure has prompted concerns over its implications for data security and patient safety, with experts warning of an increase in the sales of such records on the dark web. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st August 2018
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  • dark web, data protection, information security, Infosec, NHS trusts
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20Aug

Thousands of smart homes and businesses at risk of data breach

New research from cybersecurity firm Avast has revealed that cybercriminals could gain access to smart homes through misconfigured Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) servers. The firm found that over 49,000 MQTT servers were publicly visible on the internet as a result of a misconfigured MQTT protocol including 32,000 servers with no password protection, putting them […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th August 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, IoT, IT security, smart homes
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16Aug

A third of businesses still aren’t GDPR compliant

Businesses are still struggling to become compliant with GDPR, risking huge fines in the process, new research has found. A report by MarketingSignals polling more than 1,000 UK workers found 37 per cent of businesses are still not following GDPR. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th August 2018
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  • business, data protection, GDPR, information security
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14Aug

Only half of UK firms feel confident in their in-house cybersecurity

New research has revealed that only 56 per cent of UK firms believe they have sufficient cyber security skills in-house to deal with today’s growing threats. In its 10th annual Data Health Check survey, Databarracks questioned over 400 IT decision makers in the UK to better understand their views on a series of critical issues […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 14th August 2018
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  • cyber security, cyber threats, IT security, UK business
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10Aug

Butlin’s says guest records may have been hacked

Holiday camp firm Butlin’s says up to 34,000 guests at its resorts may have had their personal information stolen by hackers. The company says the data in question included names, home addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. Managing director Dermot King apologised for the incident and said no financial information was compromised. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th August 2018
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  • Butlins, cyber security, data protection, hackers, ICO, information security
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09Aug

Emma’s Diary fined £140,000 for selling personal information for political campaigning

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, also known as Emma’s Diary, £140,000 for illegally collecting and selling personal information belonging to more than one million people. The data broking company, which provides advice on pregnancy and childcare, sold the information to Experian Marketing Services, a branch of the credit […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th August 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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07Aug

Yahoo fined £250,000 over cyber-attack

Yahoo’s UK arm has been fined £250,000 ($335,000) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over a data breach affecting more than 500 million users which took place in 2014. The incident was reported two years later. The firm said “state-sponsored” hackers had stolen personal information, which included names, emails, unencrypted security questions and answers. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 7th August 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, ICO, information security, yahoo!
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06Aug

UK security centre to launch IoT security standard

The London-based Centre for Strategic Cyber Space and Security Science is working on an internet of things security standard and has roped in participants from eight markets.  The UK-based Centre for Strategic Cyber Space and Security Science (CSCSS) is planning to launch a new internet of things (IoT) security standard later this year in an […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th August 2018
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  • cyber security, Cyber space, IoT, IT security
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03Aug

UK Shipper Was Held to Ransom After 2017 Breach

Clarksons has finally released more details of a 2017 data breach, claiming the hacker demanded a ransom for the stolen information. The UK-headquartered shipper said it discovered unauthorized access to its systems between May 31 and November 4 last year. The attackers got in via a “single and isolated user account” which was subsequently disabled. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd August 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, information security, ransomware
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02Aug

Reddit’s hack response causes concern

Social media site Reddit has suffered a data breach, but has refused to disclose its scale. The site said it discovered in June that hackers compromised several employees’ accounts to gain access to databases and logs. They were able to obtain usernames and corresponding email addresses – information that could make it possible to link […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd August 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, data protection, hack, information security, Reddit
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01Aug

National Crime Agency flags up need for more big data skills

The National Crime Agency’s second-in-command wants the organisation to build the data and analytics skills of its investigators to help combat rising cybercrime. Deputy director general Nina Cope said that, as “more and more threat is going online”, the agency needs to ensure the technology and data expertise of its investigators keeps pace with that […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st August 2018
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  • big data, cyber crime, cyber security, NCA
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01Aug

Home Office awards over £100 million to police transformation projects

The Police Transformation Fund was launched in 2016 to prepare police to respond to changing crime threats and invest in digital technology. The government is investing more than £100 million of the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) in projects designed to prepare police forces to adapt to the challenges of the future. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 1st August 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber threat, police
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31Jul

Dixons Carphone says data breach affected 10 million

Dixons Carphone has said a huge data breach that took place last year involved 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 million. The Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World owner has been investigating the hack since it was discovered in June. It said personal information, names, addresses and email addresses may have […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 31st July 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, cyber security, data breach, data protection, Dixons Carphone, information security
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30Jul

DPC receives over 1,100 reports of data breaches since start of GDPR rules

More than 1,100 reports of data breaches involving people’s personal information have been received by the Data Protection Commission in the two months since a new EU legal regime came into force.  The 1,184 reports to the commission mean data breach reports are significantly up on the average of 230 reported each month in 2017. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th July 2018
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  • data breach, Data Privacy, data protection, GDPR, information security
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30Jul

Burden of data protection rests on firms and governments

A senior executive at Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency stressed the role of corporate data governance and government regulations in raising the bar on cyber security. The onus is on companies and government agencies to ensure that data breaches are taken seriously, according to a senior executive at Singapore’s national cyber security agency. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security
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30Jul

CCTV User Group conference

September is a new month for the annual conference of the CCTV User Group, incorporating the National Association of Surveillance Camera Managers (NASCAM). Titled ‘the changing face of surveillance’, it’s running from September 3 to 5, at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 30th July 2018
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  • cctv, cyber security, Mike Gillespie, NASCAM, surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter
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27Jul

Smart Home Security Camera Bug Exposed

Security researchers have found a flaw in a home security camera model which could allow individuals to view users’ video feeds. The bug was found in the SWWHD-Intcam, also known as the Swann Smart Security Camera, which has been on sale in several high street retailers including Currys and Walmart for the past eight months. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 27th July 2018
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  • cyber attack, data protection, Information Security. Cyber Security, vulnerabilities
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25Jul

Cyber security further education and higher education research

The Government is undertaking research to understand the provision of teaching of cyber security in further and higher education. Part of this work includes surveys and interviews to understand the landscape and provision of cyber security courses and modules in further and higher education institutions. This will help to inform future Government policy. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th July 2018
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  • cyber security, IT security, UK Gov
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25Jul

Suffolk mother’s anger after NHS data shared against her wishes

Jessica Holt was one of 150,000 people whose confidential health records were potentially shared against their wishes. This was down to a coding error in the SystmOne computer system run by TPP and used by some GPs. The glitch meant requests from patients to not have their information used for any reason unrelated to their […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, data security, information security, IT security, NHS
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23Jul

ICO’s annual report reveals increased public awareness of privacy and information rights issues

New laws and high profile investigations have helped put data protection and privacy at the centre of the UK public’s consciousness like never before, the Information Commissioner has said. As the ICO’s annual report for 2017-18 was published, Elizabeth Denham said her second year in the role had been ‘one of increasing activity and challenging […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd July 2018
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  • data protection, data security, Elizabeth Denham, GDPR, ICO, information security
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23Jul

UK Gov Launches Consultation to Speed-Up Cybersecurity Strategy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation into developing the cybersecurity profession in the UK to support the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). To support this effort, it has also proposed to create a UK cybersecurity council, which would sit independently of the government. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 23rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, information security, IT security, NCSS, UK Gov
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19Jul

Huawei cyber security evaluation centre: oversight board annual report 2018

This is the fourth annual report for the National Security Adviser from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board. It has now completed its fourth full year of work and has covered a number of areas of HCSEC’s work over the course of the year 2017 to 2018. Read report here. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th July 2018
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  • cyber security, Gov UK, huawei, IT security, threat intelligence
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19Jul

City of London Police warn over fraudsters faking university orders

Companies supplying universities have been warned that fraudsters are faking domain names of educational institutions to defraud victims out of vast sums of money. According to Action Fraud, this type of fraud, known as European distribution fraud, happens when a company from overseas (usually from Europe) delivers products to the UK, but isn’t paid for the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, fraud, hacking, IT security, risk management, Security, Universities
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18Jul

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse fined £200,000 for revealing identities of possible abuse victims in mass email

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse. The Inquiry, set up in 2014 to investigate the extent to which institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse, did not keep […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th July 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security, Insider threat, IT security
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17Jul

Mobile devices lost in London underline security risk

The security risk of lost mobile devices is underlined by the fact that almost 26,000 mobile phones and computing devices were lost in London in the past year alone.  Businesses are being urged to recognise the potential security risks of lost mobile phones and computing devices in the latest report from think tank Parliament Street. Read […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 17th July 2018
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  • cyber security. mobile security, London, mobile devices, Security, security risk
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16Jul

UK military must prioritise capabilities in cyber, space, electronic warfare and information operations

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, said that UK armed forces need to change “fundamentally” to keep up with new threats posed by Russia and other nation state actors. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 16th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber defence, Cyber Espionage, cyber security, cyber threat, risk management, Sir Nick Carter, UK Military
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13Jul

Investigation into Aberdeen City Council tax form data breach

An investigation is under way after hundreds of tax forms containing personal information were sent to the wrong staff at Aberdeen City Council. The local authority confirmed an “error” resulted in 947 P11D expenses and benefits forms being incorrectly issued last week. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th July 2018
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  • Aberdeen City Council, data breach, data protection, information security
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12Jul

Emma’s Diary faces fine for selling new mums’ data to Labour

A company that offers pregnant women and new parents health advice and gifts, faces a fine for illegally sharing more than a million people’s personal data with the Labour Party. The UK’s data watchdog intends to issue the owner of the Emma’s Diary service a £140,000 penalty. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th July 2018
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  • data protection, Data Watchdog, ICO, information security
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12Jul

Cost of UK Data Breaches Rises to £2.7m

The average cost of a data breach in the UK rose by 8% over the past year to reach nearly £2.7m, according to the latest IBM report. The 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study put the UK sum slightly lower than the global average of $3.9m (£3m) — in fact, US companies experienced the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th July 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, information security
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10Jul

DCMS announces UK-France collaboration on AI, cyber security and net neutrality

The UK and France will hold a conference to foster the development of fast-moving technologies like artificial intelligence and cyber security, their governments have announced.  The conference will take place this year, and has been conceived to ‘foster cross-Channel collaboration between academics, industry and government’. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Matt Hancock announced the […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 10th July 2018
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  • AI, Artificial Intelligence, cyber security, IoT, UK Gov
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09Jul

Timehop Breach Hits 21 Million Customers

Social media aggregation site Timehop has revealed a major breach of customers’ personal information affecting 21 million users. The firm claimed in a post over the weekend that it discovered a network intrusion on July 4, leading to the compromise of names, email addresses and phone numbers. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 9th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Timehop
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06Jul

Banks given three months to report on how they respond to outages

UK banks and other financial services firms have been ordered to report on their ability to respond to IT outages and cyber attacks, and have been set a maximum acceptable time for systems to be down. The Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct Authority said firms under their remit must report their exposure to […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 6th July 2018
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  • BoE, cyber attack, cyber security, FCA, IT security
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05Jul

UK announces creation of London cybercrime court

The UK government has announced the creation of a specialist court to hear cases relating to cybercrime. The deal has been inked between the City of London Corporation and the judiciary and will result in the establishment of an 18-courtroom center, the UK government said on Wednesday. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th July 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, London, UK Gov
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05Jul

Company that failed to register with the ICO and failed to comply with an Information Notice is prosecuted

Noble Design and Build of Telford, Shropshire, which operates CCTV systems in buildings across Sheffield, broke data protection laws by failing to comply with an Information Notice. The company also failed to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), despite it being a criminal offence to do so. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 5th July 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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04Jul

How To Assess Payroll Risks

When assessing payroll risk, it is important to ensure such activity takes place as part of a broader enterprise-wide risk awareness exercise. This exercise needs to include a real understanding of risk tolerance and risk appetite because the scope of, and challenge posed by, payroll security has never been greater. Read full story.   
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 4th July 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, Mike Gillispie, risk assessment, Security
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03Jul

Gmail messages ‘read by third parties’

Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • data protection, privacy
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03Jul

UK Government Sets Minimum Cybersecurity Standard

The UK government has launched a new cybersecurity standard designed to set a baseline of mandatory security outcomes for all departments. Read full story
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, standards, UK Government
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03Jul

Ticketmaster Data Breach Could Equal GDPR Fines in Millions

It was announced this past weekend that Ticketmaster suffered a security breach, which reportedly included personal and payment information for 40,000 users in the United Kingdom. The company can now face millions in fines under the GDPR laws. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection
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03Jul

Whitbread Sounds Breach Alarm After PageUp Incident

Whitbread is the latest big-name company to have been affected by a breach at a popular third-party recruitment platform provider, it has emerged. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Infosec
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03Jul

Fortnum & Mason shoppers’ details stolen in data breach

Fortnum & Mason has admitted that thousands of customers have had their personal data stolen in a cyber attack on the upmarket grocer. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, Infosec
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03Jul

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients in England

The NHS is blaming a coding error for 150,000 patients in England being involved in a data breach. Those affected had requested that their confidential health information only be used to help provide them with care. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 3rd July 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, IT security, NHS
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02Jul

Buyers Toolkit now available on SCC’s website

Alastair Thomas here! Following user testing and stakeholder consultation, we are delighted to announce that the Buyers Toolkit guidance is now available for download from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s website. The feedback received by the project team helped to fine tune some of the draft content. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • cctv, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, surveillance camera commissioner
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02Jul

Two-Fifths of UK CEOs See Cyber-Attacks as Inevitable

Less than 40% of UK CEOs believe a successful cyber-attack on their company is inevitable, far fewer than their global counterparts, according to new research from KPMG. The global consulting firm polled 1300 CEOs of “many of the world’s largest and most complex businesses,” including 150 UK business leaders. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • c suite, cyber attacks, cyber security, IT security
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02Jul

Just a third of Brits have a smart meter

Only a third of energy bill payers have a smart meter in their home, according to new survey. The survey, which has been published today by Igloo Energy, claims that despite huge efforts by the government and the sector to encourage take-up, only 34% of households have one. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 2nd July 2018
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  • IoT Smart Meter, risk management, Smart Technology
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29Jun

ICO response to Ticketmaster cyber incident

“Organisations have a legal duty to ensure that people’s personal information is held securely. We have been made aware of an issue concerning Ticketmaster and will be making enquiries. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 29th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, data security, ICO, information security, NCSC, Ticketmaster
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28Jun

UK government enforces minimum standards for cyber security

The UK government has published its first attempt at setting a minimum cyber security standard for public sector organisations: the inventively-named Minimum Cyber Security Standard (MCSS), which will be incorporated into the Government Functional Standard for Security. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber security, information security, Infosec, IT security, UK Gov
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28Jun

Cyber Risk at All-Time High for UK Financial Sector

The proportion of financial services firms citing cyber-attacks as a major source of risk has hit an all-time high, according to the latest biannual survey from the Bank of England (BoE). The Bank’s Systemic Risk Survey for the first half of 2018 had cyber-incidents ranked joint second alongside geopolitical risk, with 62% citing them as […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber attacks, cyber risk, cyber security, data protection, financial sector, IT security
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28Jun

Ticketmaster admits personal data stolen in hack attack

Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers. Malicious software on third-party customer support product Inbenta Technologies caused the hack, the firm said on Twitter. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 28th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, data breach, GDPR, NCSC, security breach, Third Party, Ticketmaster
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26Jun

A quarter of UK businesses think their cybersecurity isn’t up to scratch

More than half of UK’s large businesses have suffered a cybersecurity attack in the past 12 months, new findings have revealed. Based on a poll of 500 UK C-level executives, the report states that 53 per cent do not have a formalised protocol for cyber-attacks in place. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, IT security
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26Jun

European regulators report sharp rise in complaints after GDPR

The first month of GDPR has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints to regulators across Europe, showing strong public interest in the new rules. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) told the Guardian it has seen a rise in breach notifications from organisations, as well as more data protection complaints following the activation […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, ICO, information security
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26Jun

London cyber innovation centre opens

The government-funded London cyber innovation centre is set to open today and welcome the first cyber security businesses as a study reveals that a quarter of UK firms lack the right security technology. Digital secretary Matt Hancock will open the £13.5m government-funded London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (Lorca) today. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 26th June 2018
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  • cyber crime, cyber security, cyber threats, IT security, Matt Hancock
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25Jun

The Minimum Cyber Security Standard

This is a new minimum set of cyber security standards that government expects departments to adhere to and exceed wherever possible. This was developed in collaboration with government departments, NCSC, GDS and industry in lieu of there being any existing baseline for protective cyber security measures across government. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 25th June 2018
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  • cyber defence, Cyber Essentials, cyber security, data protection, GDPR, IT security, NCSC, UK Gov
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22Jun

Dixons Carphone profits fall 24% amid warning of no quick fix

The new Dixons Carphone boss, Alex Baldock, has underlined his warning that fixing the retailer’s problems will take time, as he reported a 24% plunge in profits. The UK electricals and mobile phone retailer, which disclosed a huge data breach last week, has been hit by the lack of technical innovation in mobile phones, meaning […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd June 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, data breach, data protection, Dixons, information security, Infosec
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22Jun

A Third of UK Orgs Have Sacked Employees for Data Breach Negligence

Almost a third of UK organizations have sacked an employee as a result of data breach negligence, according to new research from Shred-it’s Security Tracker report. The firm carried out a survey of three sample groups – 1000 small business owners, 1000 C-suite execs of large organizations and 1100 consumers/employees to expose security risks currently threatening […]
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 22nd June 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, data protection, hackers, information security, Infosec, Orgs, phishing
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21Jun

Press Release: UK-Poland security ties strengthened

The Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary will today (21 June) visit Warsaw to strengthen security, defence, and cyber ties with Poland. Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson will join Jacek Czaputowicz and Mariusz Błaszczak in Helenow, near Warsaw, as UK-Poland ties go from strength-to-strength. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 21st June 2018
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  • cyber defence, cyber security, cyber threats, physical security, Security, UK Gov
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20Jun

Council demanded payment card details via email

A London council’s data protection efforts are under review after it told residents to email in their payment card details for parking bay suspensions via a Word document.  Islington Council had required residents to share the security code from the rear of their cards, as well as their address, among other details. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data protection, information security, Infosec
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20Jun

The House of Commons splurged £100k on ‘ludicrous’ GDPR training

The House of Commons spent £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on training for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was criticised by MPs as being “inaccurate,” “ludicrous” and “exaggerated,” documents have revealed. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 20th June 2018
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  • data protection, GDPR, Government, information security, Infosec, IT security, regulation, risk management
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19Jun

French national behind UK data breach caught in Thailand

Europol has revealed details surrounding the arrest of a 25-year-old coder who allegedly helped to extort a British organisation. On May 18 the Royal Thai Police arrested the man based on a French international arrest warrant as part of a joint crackdown supported by Europol and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 19th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber crime, cyber security, data breach, data protection, europol
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18Jun

Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund

The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund pilot aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s booming cyber security sector. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 18th June 2018
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  • cyber skills. cyber security, IT security, UK Gov
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13Jun

UK’s traffic control systems under threat from cyber attack, says commander of Joint Forces Command

The UK’s traffic control systems are under threat from cyber attack, the commander of Britain’s Joint Forces Command has said. General Sir Christopher Deverell warned road systems were one of several potential points that could be targeted by countries including Russia. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th June 2018
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  • cyber attack, cyber security, Cyber space, cyber threat, Traffic Control Systems
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13Jun

Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. It is investigating the hacking attempt, which began in July last year. Dixons Carphone said it had no evidence that any of the cards had been used fraudulently following the breach. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 13th June 2018
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  • Carphone Warehouse, cyber security, Data Breach. Data Protection, Dixons Carphone, hackers, information security
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12Jun

Yahoo! fined £250,000 after systemic failures put customer data at risk

Yahoo! UK Services Limited has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a cyber-attack in November 2014. The incident was publicly disclosed in September 2016, almost two years after it had taken place. Because of when the breach happened, the ICO’s investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act 1998. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 12th June 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, data security, GDPR, ICO, information security, Infosec, yahoo!
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08Jun

Oath must swear to comply with GDPR after massive Yahoo data breach

Yahoo’s new owner, Oath, escapes fine from Irish data watchdog for breach that affected 500m people, but it must tighten up its systems. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has found against Yahoo in a data breach that affected the privacy of 500m people worldwide, including 39m EU citizens. Read full story. 
  • Posted by Smeeta Padhiar
  • On 8th June 2018
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  • data breach, data protection, GDPR, information security, Infosec, Oath, yahoo!
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04Jun

Ticketfly breach may have exposed data of 26 million customers

Event-ticketing company Ticketfly was still working to get back online Sunday, four days after a hacker reportedly hijacked the site and stole data from more than 26 million customers. Read full story.
  • Posted by Ellie Hurst
  • On 4th June 2018
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  • cyber security, data breach, ticketfly
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