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Ransomware Business Cyber-Attack Analysis

Ransomware Attack

These kinds of cyber attack are very simple to avoid in business and yet the basics of information security management have been ignored. To get the ball rolling just ask yourself these 2 simple questions:

  • Why is our business critical/sensitive information connected to the internet and is it really necessary?
  • Why are the same computers that are connected to the internet also used to connect to business critical/sensitive data?

Generally speaking the answers to these questions are the… Continue reading

Titan Atlas | Do you have the brains for Cybersecurity?

If you want to stop people reading your secret messages, use a code to conceal the meaning.

From ancient times to the present day, security, codes and puzzles have been intertwined, as have the people who have tried to crack those codes to read messages they were never meant to see. During World War Two, the code-cracking centre at Bletchley Park was known to recruit people who were a dab hand at solving crosswords and other puzzles. The thinking was… Continue reading

Titan Atlas | Students hit by University of Greenwich data breach

Personal details about hundreds of London-based research students were posted online in an apparent breach of data privacy laws. The University of Greenwich has apologised and said it is in the process of contacting those affected. The matter was brought to the BBC’s attention by one of the students, who discovered the information could be found via a Google search. They also flagged the matter to the UK’s data watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed that an investigation is… Continue reading

Titan Atlas | Can technology bring lawyers into the 21st Century?

The legal profession is perhaps more associated with bulging files of papers, odd clothing and arcane procedures than with technological innovation. But several start-ups are trying to give this most conservative – and sometimes vexing – of professions a digital makeover. Basha Rubin, for example, co-founded New York’s Priori Legal, an online marketplace that connects lawyers with businesses, after she perceived that there were too many obstacles in the way of businesses trying to find legal services.

Lawyers listed on… Continue reading

Titan Atlas | Do We Need Stronger Sentences For Data Theft?

The recent case of a woman being fined just £1000 for the illegal selling of 28,000 customer records has led to renewed calls from the UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) Christopher Graham for custodial sentences for data theft.

The Current Situation

As things stand now UK courts can issue unlimited fines but not custodial sentences.

This has long been a point of frustration for the Information Commission. In 2006 for example the then chief of the ICO, Richard Thomas said that… Continue reading

Titan Atlas | Google takes wider action on ‘right to be forgotten’

Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the “right to be forgotten” from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved.

Under the “right to be forgotten” ruling, EU citizens may ask search engines to remove information about them.

Now, removed results will not appear on any version of Google.

EU privacy regulators previously asked the firm to do this.

Until now, search results removed under the “right to be forgotten”… Continue reading

ICO – Companies are responsible for customer data in the cloud

Onus of responsibility falls on companies, not cloud network providers. Companies that pass customers’ personal data to cloud network providers remain responsible for how that data is treated, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed.

Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for companies, thanks to the economies of scale it offers and the access it provides to a range of computer technologies and expertise that would be difficult to afford in-house. However, the ICO has raised concern that… Continue reading

Why we should protect client data

Data watchdog is turning up the heat with nearly £2m in fines over last year

Data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed a sharp jump in the number of penalties handed out for breaches of the Data Protection Act.

For the year up to June 30, the ICO issued 68 warnings of one form or another, up 48% from 46 the previous year, the figures revealed.

The ICO has also increased the frequency and amount of… Continue reading

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