So far, the courts say yes, but that could change.
If one of your employees stole all the personal data held by your business and then sold it on the dark web, should you be held responsible for their actions?
On the face of it, you might expect the answer to be a resounding ‘no’, but it’s not that simple. Organisations that process data have a legal duty to protect it, and they can be fined significant sums by the Information Commissioner’s Office if they let it fall into the wrong hands.Read More »
Why not just give up and see what happens.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: no cyber security is 100% effective. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying, misinformed or guilty of substantial hubris. The truth is that any form of defence can theoretically be breached. So why bother at all? What is the point of having cyber security if it doesn’t guarantee your safety?Read More »
There are many good reasons to hire a quality managed IT service provider – but shelling out for answers to the most basic of questions is not one. A good provider will be happy to give you quick solutions to simple problems without giving you a hefty bill. In fact, here are a few we'll tell you for free right now!Read More »
No team should be an island.
The idea of information silos is simple: they occur when different departments within a business do not communicate effectively with each other, resulting in information essentially becoming trapped in one place. It’s a concept that has been around for decades, and although silos are more likely to affect large organisations, they can also be a problem for SMEs. Here, we’ll be looking at how silos manifest themselves, why they’re bad for business and how to deal with them.Read More »
Security experts suggest worrying about something else.
One of the big challenges of cyber security is that it’s often reactive. Hackers find new ways to crack into systems, and then security companies come up with ways to stop them. When the hackers find previously undiscovered vulnerabilities in software, these are known as zero-day exploits, and they’re often regarded as a major threat to cyber security. But according to security firm Tenable, zero-day exploits are overhyped and aren’t the real problem.Read More »
Hackers could be using your IT systems for profit, and you would never know.
Has your business fallen victim to cryptojacking? This relatively new form of cyber crime is often subtle and hard to detect, and it can affect just about any device with an internet connection. So what is cryptojacking, and what does it mean for businesses?Read More »
Legal shenanigans from legal shysters.
The idea of patents is simple: to protect the work of inventors (including inventions and designs created by companies), so other people can’t simply copy it with impunity. Unfortunately, the application of this simple idea is not quite so straightforward, and it isn’t helped by a growing number of ‘patent trolls’ – businesses set up with the sole intention of taking legal action over patent infringement.Read More »
It's not just your own defences you should be concerned about.
Taking care of your own cyber security should be your priority, but breaches suffered anywhere in your supply chain can cause your business problems.
As the metaphysical poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island". The same can be said for businesses. Whether your organisation is a huge multinational, a one-man band or anything between, it doesn’t function in isolation; at some point, you have to rely on other businesses.Read More »
Taking the threat seriously is a major part of protecting your business.
It’s become something of running joke that workplace health and safety in this country has ‘gone mad’. Yes, there have been some decidedly odd decisions made in the name of injury prevention, but for the most part it’s just a myth. There are hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries every year, and health and safety rules help to keep that number down. We have these rules for the same reasons we nominate workers to be first aiders and fire marshals. What’s odd is that we don’t do the same for cyber security.Read More »
Yearly event to kick off next week.
Now in its second year, International Stress Awareness Week will run from 4th to 8th November 2019. During this week, the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) will hold a series of campaigns and events, including its annual conference, to raise awareness of workplace and personal stress and its effects on mental health.Read More »