Schools In EU Could Face Heavy Fines For Data Breaches.

Beginning in May 2018, schools in EU member countries (including the UK despite Brexit) must comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Not doing so would mean they could be subject up to 4% of their turnover, a figure that created quite the buzz when it was announced for businesses earlier this year […] read more

Global Malware Emergency Shows Why Backdoors Are Dangerous.

The big data security news this week is, of course, the WannaCry ransomware situation that reared its head last Friday, continued to grow over the weekend, and threatened to really become something had it not been for a serendipity: a kill-switch, possibly a mistake, baked into the malware. Many organizations and traditional news outlets have […] read more

UK Encryption: Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Fined £150,000 For Stolen Hard Drive.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined an insurance company, Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA), a total of £150,000 for the theft of an external storage device with information on nearly 60,000 clients (and credit card details for 20,000 people).   Stolen From a Locked Room Unlike your run-of-the-mill hard drive theft cases, there […] read more

UK Laptop Encryption: ICO Warns Barristers And Solicitors To Secure Information.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently issued a warning to people in the legal profession. According to an August 2014 news release, the ICO has seen a higher-than-expected-number of data breaches stemming from the actions of solicitors and barristers.  Normally, the recommendation would be to use data encryption software to secure sensitive files; […] read more

UK Data Encryption: FOI Request Finds ICO Fines Lower, Breach Incidents Higher.

A freedom of information request, filed by ViaSat for data held by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has led to the conclusion that data breach incidents have grown in the British Isles in the past year by 37%.  The same data shows that monetary penalties by the ICO have fallen in the same period.  […] read more

Data Breaches: UK ICO Declines To Investigate Supposed Santander Email Breach.

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom has declined to investigate Santander, the Spanish banking group, for a purported data breach.  According to theregister.co.uk, people who’ve set up emails that are strictly used for correspondence with Santander are being spammed with junk mail, lending credence to the theory that the bank’s database was breached. […] read more