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As the NCSC Celebrates its First Year, Why We Need to Focus on Layered Security

by Bharat Mistry

There’s not been much to celebrate in cybersecurity recently. The shadow of the Equifax breach still hangs over the industry as a cautionary tale of what can happen if security processes and execution aren’t 100% watertight. In fact, Europol last week reported stats claiming over two billion records on European citizens have been leaked over the past 12 months. While there’s clearly lots to do, it was heartening to see the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) this week reporting a successful first year in operation.

The GCHQ offshoot claimed to have dealt with 590 “significant” cyber threats reported over the 12-month period. While we’re 100% behind its work, it’s obvious the scale of the problem and the determination of online attackers continues to rise. That means organisations must also take matters into their own hands with best practice, layered cybersecurity. Continue reading

Equifax Breach Drives Home the Importance of Prompt Patching as GDPR Approaches

by Bharat Mistry

No organisation is breach-proof: we all know that the odds are stacked too high in the attackers’ favour. However, by following industry best practices we can make it as difficult as possible for hackers, and discourage all but the most determined and well resourced. That’s why it will dismay many in the industry to learn that Equifax knew about the vulnerability that it claims led to a massive breach at the firm this year, all the way back in March. However, it was apparently only fully patched months later once the damage had been done.

Given the scale of the breach, and the fact the firm could have been hit with fines of over $60m under the forthcoming GDPR regime, this should serve as yet another cautionary tale to IT leaders. Best practice security, including effective patch management, is called “best practice” for a reason. Continue reading

Elephant in the Boardroom: UK Firms Lack GDPR Compliance Leadership

by Bharat Mistry

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most important and far-reaching pieces of legislation ever to come out of Brussels. That’s part of the reason so much has already been written about it. But before you reach GDPR-saturation point, consider new findings from a comprehensive new Trend Micro study which has revealed a worrying lack of leadership from senior executives when it comes to compliance efforts.

More concerning still, three-quarters (73%) of UK IT bosses we spoke to weren’t even aware of the potentially huge fines in store for non-compliance. With a 25 May 2018 deadline fast-approaching, time is running out. Continue reading

UK Data Protection Bill: No Turning Back Now for GDPR Compliance

by Bharat Mistry

The UK government this week introduced its Data Protection Bill, ending months of speculation over just how committed it was to preserving the country’s fast-growing digital economy. If passed, the new legislation will write into UK law the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The good news is, UK IT and business leaders finally have clarity over the future: the GDPR will still apply post-Brexit. The bad news: there’s little more than nine months before the new regulation comes into force.

That’s why we’ve devoted plenty of time to focus on data protection issues at our upcoming CLOUDSEC conference in London next month. It promises to be a must-see event for any IT decision makers still struggling to comply with the sweeping new laws. Continue reading