Data Security News, Articles and Updates

Bad habits put UK SMEs at risk of data breaches and unauthorised use

Ten percent of small business owners and employees in the UK admit to having poor security habits. The surveyed individuals admitted to regularly sharing confidential files on personal devices or sending documents to their personal emails rather than work emails.

Differences revealed in personal security habits of UK and US workers

New research from Wombat provided an analysis of personal security behaviours of UK and US workers that play a big role in securing information, devices and systems both at work and home.

US and Europe more prepared for fast-approaching GDPR than the UK

Despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect 12 months from now, the majority of European and US businesses are still inadequately prepared and at risk of incurring costly non-compliance fines.

Corporate data on endpoint devices more vulnerable to cyber-threats

Code42's latest report says CIOs, CISOs and their IT security teams need to find powerful new solutions that will keep data safe without impeding productivity and causing further risk.

UK financial services firms must do better to protect customer data

The growing cyber-threat landscape makes protecting sensitive customer and company information vital, and it will only increase with GDPR coming next May.

It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you... the case for SDDC

David Cohen explores the view that, in 2017, layering Is the most effective cyber-security strategy and how becoming an expert at reading data patterns is an integral part of securing the data centre.

UK consumers feel uncomfortable sharing their personal details online

New research from Yoti reveals that 87 percent of UK consumers are concerned about how secure their personal information is when shared online.

Over three quarters of UK public unaware Snooper's Charter was passed

As per the recent Investigatory Powers Act otherwise known as the "Snooper's Charter", UK intelligence agencies were given the green light to access personal data from browsing histories.

Study shows ignorance of and critical need to secure important documents

There is a growing need to improve security practices of confidential documents that include information such as financial data, employee records, business contracts and intellectual property.

Data security is one of three top concerns for 55% of C-level execs

New research from ChristianSteven Software outlines the results of a survey of more than 500 C-level executives from across Europe and the US.

Why data classification should drive your security strategy

Identify what data is sensitive to your business, where it resides and how it's being used, or how can you protect it? Getting to grips with data should be the first step in any effective security strategy says Thomas Fischer.

Is BYOD Your Company's Norm? Beware the Ghosts of Data's Past this Holiday Season

In the run up to the festive shopping season, many employees will have their eyes on a new mobile device or tablet. Richard Stiennon asks, "is your organisation taking the right precautions to avoid a visit from the ghosts of data past?"

The fines they are a changin'...

Nic Scott discusses how UK businesses can re-evaluate and enhance the security measures they currently have in place in order to avoid potentially crippling fines

Frequent job changes mean less chance for secure storage of employment records

Large volumes of employees moving from job to job increases the number of employment records that must be retained by HR departments, stored securely and ultimately destroyed within a legally determined timeframe.

An accident waiting to happen

Jon Fielding discusses the need to manage information security at the data level and not simply at the network perimeter.

Facing the UK cyber-security threat

Jeremy King discusses what businesses can do today to prioritise data security

Contact centre security in the cloud - how can you best protect your customer's data?

Ralph Echemendia discusses the best practices for ensuring security of customer data for a contact centre in the cloud

ICO fines TalkTalk £400K for theft of customer data last year

Due to its poor data security, which led to the theft of the personal data of over 150,000 customers last year, TalkTalk has been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Half of UK students want data security training

Half of all students in the UK have no security software installed on any of their devices, even though a quarter of teenagers are 'almost constantly' connected.

Millions of Russians' personal data may be put at risk

A planned national database of personal data on Russian citizens could become a magnet for criminal cyber-attacks warn analysts.

Nine out of 10 UK orgs don't encrypt over 75% of data in the cloud

With only a third of sensitive data in cloud applications being protected by encryption, cloud data security is still a major challenge for companies. Businesses are focusing on basic security techniques such as passwords to protect sensitive and confidential customer information.

Breached perimeter defences ruin security confidence for most ITDMs

Most organisations do not possess confidence in their ability to protect data after experiencing a data breach. One third have experienced a data breach in the past year.

Data reveals average company has 9.9M accessible files to any employee

In 2015, the average company had roughly 9.9 million files accessible to every employee regardless of their roles.

RSA 2016 (video): Budget allocations biggest headache for security, says report

The Dell Data Security Report found that 82 percent of IT and business decision makers surveyed have tried to limit employee access to data across their locations,

Sharing Data Securely

There is a basic tension when it comes to both securing data and having it readily accessible, and this tension needs to be frequently addressed when considering the sharing of big data both within an organisation and outside it says Ted Dunning.

GCHQ certified course to improve cyber-attack response and recovery

If they are to limit damaging effects, enterprises must prepare and equip themselves with the proper skills to react to and prevent cyber-attacks.

Securing data wherever it may be

Data now resides on multiple devices in many locations. But, Kate O'Flaherty asks, is it out of control?

Data storage stolen at Lloyds, customer account data lost

Lloyds Bank data storage device stolen from an RSA data centre two months ago contains customer names, addresses, sort codes and account numbers for Lloyds' Premier Account customers who had Royal Sun Alliance emergency home cover attached to their bank account between 2006 and 2012.

Is cyber-security the IP of the 21st century?

In the changing online world, new measures must be put in place to protect intangible assets, says Margee Abrams.