Accountability and Governance – Documentation #GDPR #DPB

Details of documentation requirements for Accountability and Governance under the GDPR and Data Protection Bill are on the ICO website. A mind map has been created to act as a quick reference. Click on the image to view the full-size mind map. You can use the Checklist on the ICO website page to track what… Read More

My top 3 items from the Information Commissioner’s fireside chat

On Tuesday 17 October I was at IAPP’s ‘fireside chat’ with Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner. The top 3 items for me were: GDPR certification – details to be published in early 2018, the ICO is leading the work on this in WP29. The Commissioner thought it should be based on Accountability and mentioned the approach… Read More

Wetherspoons stop monthly newsletters – GDPR related?

This morning I received an email from Wetherspoons – I am a customer and did sign up to receive updates – saying they will no longer be sending emails as many consider this intrusive. I agree that some people can find this intrusive, but at the same time think this could be part of their General… Read More

Anyone talking about GDPR should include this slide! #ourGDPRstatus

It isn’t hard to find an event at the moment that is specifically about GDPR or includes sessions to cover different aspects of it. With so many companies talking about it and promoting products and services to help prepare for May 2018, you would think/hope they would be the ones that are well on their way… Read More

Why the Contact form had to go! #GDPR

We still want to be contacted so we can help businesses improve their information and cyber security, but from now on, please do it by email or by calling. Removing the website Contact form may seem extreme, but it eliminates a risk to personal data over which we have very little control. As everyone probably knows*, the… Read More

GDPR (Data Protection) vs MTD (Tax)

What we know The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act. Brexit has no impact. The Information Commissioner has said “there may still be questions about how the GDPR would work on the UK leaving the EU but this should not distract from the important task of compliance with GDPR”. This… Read More

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest Application and OS of them all

The Computer Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) website provides yearly summaries of application and operating systems vulnerabilities. Having a vulnerability is not the same as it actually being exploited, but the figures provide a useful, if somewhat crude way, of identifying what needs protecting and how this compares to 2015. For anyone that doesn’t want to read much further the… Read More

A is for App and B is for Behave

This isn’t my first blog about Apps that can take your personal information, and it probably won’t be the last. I am all for Apps that make you more productive and provide information on what is going around you. But there are too many that want access to information they could never legitimately use. I… Read More

Perception vs Reality of cyber crime

Would you consider your house as secure if it had been broken into in the past year, and the police had not caught the gang that was breaking into most of the other houses on your street? Probably not. Compare this to businesses and cyber crime. A recent report indicates there is a disconnect between the reality… Read More

Is cyber crime a threat to SMEs?

With reports of SMEs averaging four cyber crimes every two years and 10% of the population being victims in the past year, it has to be seen as a real threat. But what does this actually mean to a business? The first thing to do is get beyond jargon like phishing, ransomware and DDoS attacks. Cyber… Read More