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GDPR Makes You Fat……and other scare stories

As we head towards GDPR day – May 25 – the number of scare stories about the new regulations seems to be spinning out of control.

The latest one claims half of businesses expect to be fined under the new rules: https://bit.ly/2IcnFYX . It is based on a survey which suggests businesses have put money aside in anticipation of a fine. In addition, we’ve heard of some sole traders who are so concerned about the regulations, they fear that they will need to close the shutters on their business.

The problem here is one of perception. Businesses may well be so worried that their way of dealing with the new regulations is to put money aside. But will they really be fined and does putting money under the mattress really help?  The ICO has been clear on so many occasions – fines will be the last resort. More info

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Crisis Management – By failing to prepare ….

It’s an old adage but it’s surprising how few organisations take Benjamin Franklin’s quote seriously enough to put his advice into practise. ‘By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail’ he said.  Of course it is tough for organisations like smaller businesses and charities who don’t feel they have the time or money to spend on training. Unfortunately though, when it comes to dealing with a crisis of any sort, it is the preparation for that possibility which will save both in the long run. More info

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GDPR – We’ve Been Here Before (Haven’t We?)

 The GDPR Parallels :

If we are honest, and that’s the best way to be, the GDPR has been a long time coming. The current data protection legislation was well overdue for modernisation. Most companies are already dealing with processes similar to the GDPR, but many may not have drawn those parallels. Once those parallels are recognised and acknowledged, bringing it into a business can be smoother than initially thought.

Every year as a nation we always seem to be surprised that things happen – like Christmas, or School Holidays, or Birthdays. Despite having plenty of advance notice they still creep up on us. Every time we also seem to have to reinvent the wheel – ‘this year I’ll do all my shopping online’, or ‘I’ll send a card from MoonPig as opposed to picking one up from the supermarket’. Yet deep down inside we all know what works best for us, what time and again has fitted in well to our time-starved lives to help us get through these challenges of life. More info

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Data Protection – it’s a leadership issue [PRESS RELEASE}

Leamington Cyber Security Company teams up with World Leading Management Accountants to produce film on protecting Business Data.

Video link: https://www.riskevolves.com/#video

The Leamington based cyber security and risk management company, Risk Evolves, has teamed up with CIMA, the world’s leading, and largest, professional body of management accountants, to produce a film on how businesses can protect their data from a cyber attack. More info

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EU GDPR and the rules for you, the ‘Data Subject’

Confused about the GDPR? Surely not… With so many blogs and training courses everyone is an expert… Do you really understand GDPR and the rules for you, the ‘Data Subject’?

So when GDPR comes into force (in May 2018) our data will be better controlled and handled……..right? More info

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What is Cyber Essentials?

For the 3rd successive year we have recertified to Cyber Essentials and IASME…. And in the same week we assisted two other companies achieve their Cyber Essentials Certifications. Just what is Cyber Essentials? More info

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Who Is Responsible For GDPR?

Just who is responsible for GDPR in a company?… Everyone starting at board level down…

GDPR In The Press

There was a flurry of press coverage, interviews, radio and TV coverage recently as the ICO began their campaign to make businesses and other organisations aware that there is now less than 200 working days until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) and the new UK Data Protection Act become law on the 25th May 2018. More info

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What is the NHS Cyber Attack?

Today (12th May 2017) news broke of a massive NHS Cyber Attack that has had catastrophic impact on our NHS, leading to a major incident being declared.

Operations have been delayed or cancelled, patients have delayed being discharged from or admitted to hospital, prescriptions have not been issued, A&E has been disrupted … the impact of the NHS cyber attacks continue and sadly there is a real risk that lives may be jeopardised. More info

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The 4 Essential Business Risks For Every Business Owner Must Know

Whether you are an SME or an international corporation, you will have been and are exposed to business risks on a daily basis. Unfortunately, no business is immune regardless of its size or industry presence. Risks and issues come in many forms including Financial, Operational, Supply Chain and Cyber. Each type of risk or issue is as detrimental to a business as the others. More info

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What Are The Consequences Of Not Complying To GDPR?

So what are the consequences of not complying to the EU General Data Protection Regulations ?

I recently wrote a blog ‘What is GDPR and why do you need it?’ to highlight the real meaning behind why data protection is changing.

What Are The Consequences Of Not Complying To The GDPR?

The UK Government and Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have declared that no new legislation will be introduced to cover the growing threat of cybercrime as this is a business owner responsibility to address. More info

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What is GDPR and why do you need it?

The European Union General Data Protection Regulations (or EU GDPR for short) is the update to the current UK Data Protection Act. It will impact all business and how we deal with data online. More info

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What is skimming?

As you know we’re passionate about the role that people and processes have to play in the fight against cyber crime… But seriously what is skimming?

This week, we had a stark reminder of just how easy it is to be a “victim.”

One of the team was idly flicking through the police feed on Twitter… obviously working hard… well sort of!

The police tweeted the discovery of skimming device on an ATM in the local area.

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Cyber Security For Small Business

Small Business Cyber Security

There is a dangerous trend emerging in small business cyber security…

So many SMEs like you are working in the belief that “it won’t happen to me..”

But we enter into 2017 you cannot get away from the continued warnings about cyber risk and cyber threats, the amount of information is frightening.

Are you carrying on with known or unknown weaknesses in your businesses systems and processes? More info

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What is Supply Chain Risk

The phrase ‘supply chain risk’ is one that is now heard in the news with increasing frequency. But what it is, how can it affect small businesses, and what should we do to manage it? More info