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The British Airways Data Breach “fine”

A fake news parody making fun of the clickbait around the BA and Marriott Group breach fines

Sometimes the truth grows wings and takes flight How UK media reported the ICO’s intention to fine BA & Marriott Hotels and a penetration tester’s view on what BA could of and should of done. Oh, and what’s happened so far with the fine that they actually did issue to Facebook On the 8th July, […]

Why Information Security Awareness Training is Important

a young male using the eRiskology Information Security Awareness elearning portal

Good information security awareness training can turn your workforce into the strongest line of defence instead of the ‘weakest link’.  Around 70 – 80% of all breaches can be attributed to the human element, yet companies often focus their resource of software-based security solutions. Where do we start? If you haven’t already found our post […]

ONE PRIVACY ‘CLUSTERZUCK’ AFTER ANOTHER.

A picture of Mark Zuckerberg with graffiti over it to look like a vampire. He has a bag of blood next to him what has the label "Personal Data"

If some weird decree came into force that dictated you could only write data privacy related blog posts about one company, then the company I would choose, hands down, every time would be Facebook. This time they’ve been caught out storing our passwords in plain text format and they’ve been doing it in the 100s […]

The Information Security Paradox

a paradox with words inside that refer to information security terminology

Have you heard about the French Paradox? No? Well it goes something like this: Across the pond our French neighbours enjoy a diet full of rich and cheesy saturated fats, whilst simultaneously experiencing relatively lower levels of coronary heart disease. This goes against conventional medical convention which suggests higher levels of saturated fats in a […]

What’s the difference between Information Security and Cyber Security?

“Ah you want the Security Department, this is the Department of Security” I saw a headline the other day, the basic premise of which was suggesting that IT should take full responsibility for cyber security, removing the onus of it from users, thus allowing creatives to be more, well, creative. To be honest, I didn’t […]

Would you trust an MP with your data? [DPA Compliance]

a photograph of the houses of parliament with cartoon speech bubbles saying "you stole my data" "no I didn't" this relates to non DPA compliance in parliament

This week’s missive contains as Ben Elton used to say, “a little bit of politics..” It seems you can’t get away from the deluge of political commentary at present and we apologise if we appear to be adding to the general maelstrom of opinion. It’s not our intention, it’s just that a current political story happens to […]

Data Hack: Was Bezos a Bozo?

Picture of a clown with balloons with text on them that relate to the Bezos hacking events

We doubt it, he probably just needs some awareness training You’ve probably heard about Jeff Bezos’ personal and sensitive media being bandied about by the National Enquirer. No need for us to dwell on that, or comment on the US political machinations that could be behind it. Instead, prompted by an article by Rory Cellan-Jones […]

Don’t Go Chasing Information Security Unicorns

You may have noticed that unicorns are in the news a lot of late. Often, they are referred to in relation to Theresa May’s obviously unachievable Brexit ambitions but these are not the only unicorns in the, erm.. unicorn stable. In fact, they come in many different guises: There are the blockchain unicorns – fantastical […]

“You’ve reached O2, sorry we’re not available right now” – Why was the O2 network down?

A timely reminder with CIA – it’s not all about the C & I On Thursday, 6th December, users of the O2 mobile network suddenly found that they had no internet connection. In addition, and initially contrary to O2’s initial communications, many users found they had zero or sporadic voice connectivity as well. Everyone was asking the […]

Bed, Breakfast and a Breach – Marriott Data Breach

500 million customer records breached at Marriott Hotels

500 Million records in the Marriot Data Breach I imagine you have all now read with dismay but possibly not that much surprise at the latest ‘megahack’ over at Marriott Hotels. We’re not going to bombard you with more of the same. Instead, we thought this is a good opportunity to highlight a very unwelcome […]