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The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 1)

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It’s always the big cyber security attacks that steal the headlines, but dig a little deeper and there are everyday stories of hacker inflicted misery – many of which could have been prevented.

So, if you are increasingly concerned about the threat to your own data and are looking for advice, this guide is for you.

It’s part one of a two-part series reviewing the ‘best of’ the many respected sources of cyber security advice available, with some of our most popular articles included. Continue reading “The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 1)” »

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GDPR: Do you really need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

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By now you’ll have heard that there’s huge change coming to European data protection law. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

So, you’ve started doing your research as you prepare for GDPR – and you’ve noticed that the requirement to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) is a feature of many articles. The DPO will play a key role in ensuring compliance with GDPR – but it’s not immediately obvious what is involved.

That’s why this article looks at what the role entails, the skill sets required and cuts through some of the confusion we’ve noticed. For example, what exactly is a DPO and does every organisation actually need to appoint one? Continue reading “GDPR: Do you really need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?” »

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Convince your board – cyber attack prevention is better than cure

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There is a recurring message in many of the surveys about cyber security. It’s broadly this: a high number of businesses say that cyber security is an important issue – but a low number report any evidence of actually doing something about it.

The latest Cyber Security Breach Survey 2017 illustrates this perfectly. IPSOS MORI interviewed 1,523 UK businesses. In 74% of cases the directors or senior management said that cyber security is a high priority but only 20% currently provide staff with cyber security training – and only 33% have any formal policies in place. Continue reading “Convince your board – cyber attack prevention is better than cure” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Ten steps to GDPR compliance

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In our previous blog we discussed the four key areas of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and asked ‘What does it really mean for your organisation?’ With a looming launch date of 25th May 2018, our closing advice was “don’t leave it to the last minute or chance.”

Although GDPR is a huge data management undertaking, compliance needn’t be an insurmountable challenge. So, in this article we’ve summarised the steps an organisation needs to consider to ensure it does comply. Continue reading “Ten steps to GDPR compliance” »

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Paddy Keating

Director and Government Service Manager at Ascentor

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GDPR: What does it really mean for your organisation?

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25th May 2018 sees the indoctrination of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) courtesy of the European Union. While eagerly anticipated by some organisations, for many the daunting reality of the changes GDPR brings is rapidly setting in.

There might have been a brief period of post Brexit vote uncertainty about GDPR – but it will go ahead as planned. In the world of data management, it’s time to smell the coffee. Continue reading “GDPR: What does it really mean for your organisation?” »

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Paddy Keating

Director and Government Service Manager at Ascentor

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Cyber security in perspective – a look back at 2016

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As we reflect on 2016, there are two stand out events that dwarf every other piece of news this year – the decision of the UK to leave the EU and the election of one Donald J Trump.  Both put cyber security in the spotlight in 2016 for different reasons – from the confusing to the bizarre.

But it wasn’t just the changing political landscape that caught our eye. Many organisations were affected by ransomware attacks and one high profile business discovered just how costly the on-going fall-out from their data breach would turn out to be.

So, let’s look back at 2016 through the cyber security lens of Ascentor. Continue reading “Cyber security in perspective – a look back at 2016” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Cutting through the confusion: GDPR and Brexit

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For some time there has been a looming date in the data protection calendar – 25th May 2018. That’s when the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is set to come into force. Organisations across Europe will then be required to comply with tougher rules to prove they actively protect and more explicitly ask to collect personal data. But, for how long?

Thanks to the Brexit vote on June 23rd there’s now a climate of uncertainty over EU regulation compliance and what will happen after the UK leaves the EU. What’s more, 44% of IT professionals in a recent poll indicated they were unaware or only vaguely aware of the new GDPR rules.

So what happens now? The Deputy Information Commissioner Steve Wood says that UK businesses are “caught in a confusing place, between looming EU regulation and Brexit.” Continue reading “Cutting through the confusion: GDPR and Brexit” »

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Ransomware and Large Enterprises – a defence-in-depth strategy

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Part 3 in a series of blogs on ransomware. Ransomware is on the rampage. Earlier in the year barely a week would go by without a report of a costly attack. Now it’s almost a daily news story with reports suggesting that the number of attacks increased by 30 per cent in August alone. Even worse, payment doesn’t necessarily come with any guarantees. A recent article from infosecurity magazine found that 1 in 5 UK organisations that paid during a ransomware attack didn’t get their data back.

In this climate, the question is how to have confidence that you are on top of the problem, with a good chance of prevention and a coherent strategy to recover from it without having to pay up. Continue reading “Ransomware and Large Enterprises – a defence-in-depth strategy” »

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Peter Curran

Principal IA Consultant at Ascentor

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Passwords? It’s enough to give you a headache

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Life was so much easier when all we had to remember was a 4 figure PIN to get money from the cashpoint machine. Nowadays we need passwords for almost everything we do online and most people have many accounts and registrations that require passwords, which we are meant to remember – it’s enough to give you a headache.

We are told by every budding security geek that our passwords need to be strong or complex, that they should be at least so many characters long, that we shouldn’t re-use them, that we shouldn’t write them down, that we should change them regularly, that we should… STOP – rewind that last bit… We are now being told we don’t have to change passwords regularly – HOORAH! Continue reading “Passwords? It’s enough to give you a headache” »

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Bert Curtin

Senior Information Assurance Consultant at Ascentor

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Cutting through the confusion: Government Information Assurance changes explained (part 3 of 3)

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Part 3 of 3. This is the third in a series of blog articles where Ascentor discusses some of the recent UK Government Information Assurance changes – and what they mean for you.

Written to be concise, they explain the essential ‘need to know’ facts and implications with links to read further should you wish.

This time our lens has a European focus as we cover two EU regulations that could have a significant impact on the protection of UK data.

In part 3 of the series, we look at:

  • Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield
  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • The Certified Cyber Security Consultancy (CCSC) scheme

Continue reading “Cutting through the confusion: Government Information Assurance changes explained (part 3 of 3)” »

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Ben Wheeler

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