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Blackmore Ricotech will erase your data issues

October 30, 2018

The recent USB data breach at Heathrow airport raises important issues around the security of vulnerable IT assets – especially when it comes to disposal. The General Data Protection Regulation, or simply GDPR, strengthens the data rights of all EU residents. However, it also increases the potential fines organisations face for misusing data, and if there’s […]

ICO: fines will remain a last resort after 25 May

May 03, 2018

You may have read scaremongering articles about the high fines associated with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover for certain infractions against the new regulation has left some organisations wondering if the GDPR will leave businesses bankrupt. At the Information Commissioner’s Office […]

Morrisons data leak: Supermarket liable for staff details breach

December 06, 2017

Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. The High Court ruling now […]

More data was lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 than all of 2016

October 20, 2017

More data records were lost or stolen during the first half of 2017 than all of 2016, according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. In total, 1.9 billion records were compromised as of the end of June 2017, compared to 1.37 billion in 2016. The rise in data breaches was already apparent last year, increasing from […]

Government committed to the GDPR

July 10, 2017

In the Queen’s Speech, the UK government made its intention clear to legislate to “ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data” by implementing the GDPR. See page 46 of the following document.  Read more

Leading Eurosceptic is new head at Defra

June 14, 2017

Michael Gove, a key campaigner in the Brexit vote and a long-time proponent of cutting business regulations, has been appointed environment secretary. Gove, who was a cabinet minister in the coalition Government, takes over from Andrea Leadsom as EU member states finalise the details of the circular economy (CE) package. Speaking at the launch of […]

GDPR compliance is a many-layered thing

June 09, 2017

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) should, by now, need little introduction. It should be widely understood that it represents a new paradigm for data protection that requires organisations to uphold defined principles of data protection and to protect a set of rights for data subjects. The GDPR will also assert some impressively “effective, […]

Effective testing could have prevented massive downtime at British Airways

June 08, 2017

Following the disruptions to  British Airways (BA) flights over the bank holiday weekend, many people are questioning theairline’s lack of preparation for an incident like this. BA was reportedly hit by a power surge that shut down its IT systems and led to it grounding all its flights for 48 hours. With one passenger telling […]

General Data Protection Regulation – Security of personal data

January 24, 2017

The UK’s Data Protection Authority (ICO) last week fined Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) – a leading UK insurance company – £150.000 (€170.000) for failing to keep customers’ information safe. The fine was issued following the theft from one of its offices of a hard drive device containing 60.000 customers’ names, addresses and bank account […]

Yahoo hack -1bn accounts compromised by biggest data breach in history

December 15, 2016

The latest incident to emerge – which happened in 2013 – is probably distinct from the breach of 500m user accounts in 2014. Yahoo said on Wednesday it had discovered another major cyber attack, saying data from more than 1bn user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest such breach in history. […]

Tesco Bank hack: Tesco would face £1.9bn fine under GDPR

November 24, 2016

Tesco, the supermarket chain that owns Tesco Bank, would face fines of over £1.9bn for this weekend’s hack if it occurred under the EU’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will become law in less than 24 months and will dramatically crank up the data protection regulatory regime across Europe. One of its key features […]

Here’s how to comply with the 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation when disposing of ICT assets.

November 11, 2016

The world of technology has advanced beyond measure since the original EU Data Protection 95/46/EC came into force way back in 1995. Back then in the land before smartphones, the ‘cloud’ was just something that blocked out the sun… So with mind-sets to privacy evolving rapidly since those days, the new 2016 law is intended […]

UK will implement EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

November 10, 2016

Amid the ongoing hoo-ha and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, one issue has actually been resolved – an issue, moreover, that will have wide-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, confirmed to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Monday […]

Chitterne Secure Processing Facility Fully Open For Business

October 26, 2016

One of the key reasons for undertaking this facility upgrade is the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) that come into effect from May 2018. We have already seen a change in the mindset of businesses that are already considering the new regulations including their requirements for the way we collect, process and report on […]

100 company Sage announces data breach, shares drop 3.9%

August 18, 2016

Business management software company Sage has announced a data breach – causing share prices to fall. Sage notified roughly 280 of its UK business customers that their data, including employee financial and salary data, may have been affected by a breach. According to, the breach was conducted by an employee but it is unclear […]

New EU Data Protection Regulations Announced

July 29, 2016

We passed our latest spot inspection from our accreditors with a merit on Tuesday. As it should be, but in light of a recent tightening of EU regulations, it’s more important than ever for all of us data controllers to be ADISA certified. The original EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC was passed in 1995. A […]

Morrisons sued by 6,000 staff following data breach

April 19, 2016

6,000 Morrisons staff are now suing the supermarket giant following a 2014 data breach in which 99,998 employees’ personal details were leaked. The court deadline for joining the group action was 8 April 2016. Nick McAleenan of JMW Solicitors, which is representing the group, said: “Whenever employers are given personal details of their staff, they […]

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) passed by European Parliament

April 19, 2016

At its plenary session today, the European Parliament approved the European Council’s position at first reading, finally completing the legislative process for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator for the GDPR, said: “The general data protection regulation makes a high, uniform level of data protection throughout […]

IT professionals likely to hack their own organisations

March 14, 2016

A survey conducted by Absolute Software reveals that younger IT professionals demonstrate more “cavalier” behaviour when it comes to information security, according to HelpNet Security. According to the survey, 41% of staff aged 18-44 were most likely to hack their own organisation, while only 12% would over the age of 44. Other worrying statistics show […]

Spoofed CEO email causes data breach at health care provider

February 22, 2016

On February 3, 2016, an “unidentified third person” obtained an Excel spreadsheet containing the “personal information for all active employees” of the California rehabilitation and nursing home provider Magnolia Health Corporation by impersonating its CEO, Kensett “Kenny” J Moyle, and “using what appeared to be his email address”. In a notification letter sent to all […]

Five damaging data breaches caused by human error

February 18, 2016

Each time a data breach hits the news, certain sections of the media jump on their hacking hobbyhorse in a frenzy of excitement, frothing hysterically about cyber war and desperate to pin every attack on China, North Korea or Russia – usually in spite of a manifest lack of evidence that these countries are in […]

Lincolnshire Council forced to use pen and paper after ransomware attack

February 04, 2016

A ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council last week forced the council to shut down its systems, leaving its employees with nothing but pens and paper. Julie Hetherington-Smith, the council’s chief information officer, said… Continue reading » Article courtesy of IT Governance –

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in 2015 – over 480 million leaked records

January 12, 2016

The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’. There have been breaches of highly sensitive data (including that of children), targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag, and an alarming number of well-orchestrated DDoS […]

Data Breach

January 08, 2016

Etihad Airways is investigating a potential data breach after an anonymous source sent Gulf News personal details of “around seven thousand individuals from Etihad’s loyalty programme”. The data breach is believed to have been caused by a third party that worked with the airline in 2013 to run a promotional campaign. The leaked data includes: […]

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