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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

WannaCry Highlights Major Security Shortcomings Ahead of GDPR D-Day

by Bharat Mistry

For all the panic it caused, WannaCry looks finally to have been contained by organisations round the globe. But this isn’t the time to forget about it and move on. There are valuable lessons to be learned about this attack, why it was so successful and what can be done to prevent it happening again. The unpalatable truth is that many of those organisations caught out by WannaCry earlier this month could face punitive fines if the same kind of thing happens again in a year’s time.

That’s right: the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming, adding a whole new level of urgency to firms realising they need a major cybersecurity overhaul after WannaCry. Continue reading