Opportunities and Threats. The downside of Faster Connectivity

Alongside more efficient network services must come increased vigilance, education, and higher levels of security systems.

The UK Chancellor’s investment plans for the country’s digital infrastructure and fibre networks set out in this week’s Autumn Statement is good news for those involved in the development of smart cities but should also come with a warning believe some members of the community.

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How will the changes brought in by GDPR affect your business?

In the UK, The Data Protection Act of 1998 has been the sole regulatory legislation that companies based here have had to comply to. An Act of Parliament, it was introduced to protect the personal data of British citizens, by outlining exactly what businesses must do when processing their information.

On the 25th May 2018, the Data Protection Act will be replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a Europe-wide set of compliance obligations, rules that will again stipulate what must happen when an organisation handles and processes data. It is widely agreed that the GDPR is a far more robust set of regulations than what is currently in place, with the main changes in the areas of child consent, privacy by design and data breach notifications. Read more

The Importance of Baseline Security

Understanding your company position in terms of digital security is vital to knowing whether you can and will be protected moving forward. Although having layers of security to protect you against the multitude of threats a company can face is preferable, there is a bare minimum standard that you should be aiming for.

That bare minimum would be a Gap Analysis of your current situation. This is a method of assessing the differences in performance between a business’ information systems or software applications, to determine whether business requirements are being met and, if not, what steps should be taken to ensure they are met successfully. The first step is always to understand the present and isolate the issues that must be addressed moving forward. Read more

Is your Internet of Things device in danger of being hacked?

Could it be that someone or something is hacking into your TV, your fridge, or that new connected voice command speaker in the corner?

The Internet of Things may be fatally flawed, according to cyber-security experts, with over 400,000 devices being reportedly hacked in recent days in what has been called the largest such attack on record. Now, experts are calling for greater scrutiny of IoT devices.

Earlier Robert Van Egghen spoke to Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security provider Digital Pathways.

Listen to full interview here