When it comes to digital security, the attitudes of small business owners are beginning to change. Across the UK, and across multiple sectors too, we are beginning to see a shift towards companies protecting themselves more robustly online. Still though, and regardless of the media coverage of hacking scandals, there are some who still refuse to believe that there is a very real threat that surrounds them. Read more
It seems that barely a week goes by without the revelation that yet another large, high-profile organisation has been breached, with millions of records being stolen. It would be easy to imagine that hackers are attracted only by big-name firms with huge databases just begging to be ransacked. But as Colin Tankard, MD of Digital Pathways, points out in this interview, organisations of all sizes are at risk.
The decision of the United Kingdom’s electorate to vote to leave the European Union has left us all with a number of yet unanswered questions. Many are asking how this decision will affect trade. Will we really be able reduce immigration by refusing the freedom of movement, whilst still retaining access to the EU’s single market? What will happen to the 1.3 million Britons who currently live abroad and the 2.9 million (5% of the population) of European migrants who live in the UK? In the immediate aftermath, questions were also being asked over leadership and who was best placed to take David Cameron’s position at Number 10. We now know that Theresa May will be the one to invoke the infamous ‘article 50’ and lead us through negotiations with the remaining nations. Read more
The practice of phishing as a means for cyber-criminals to obtain sensitive information from an online user is rife. Usernames, passwords and credit card details are all at risk, with the theft of money often the ultimate goal of the hacker. The most common method of phishing is for the criminal to send out an email that gives the impression that it has come from an official source. This email will likely have a link that leads to somewhere harmful, or an attachment that has malicious intent when opened. Read more
The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU was provisionally agreed in December 2015. The final details are still being ironed out, but publication of the final version of the regulation is expected around July 2016.2 There will then be a two-year waiting period until every organisation that does business in, or with, the EU must comply with the regulation. Since it is a regulation, not a directive, compliance is mandatory, without the need for each member state to ratify it into its own legislation.