Ewen O'Brien
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What Today’s Boards of Directors Are Missing About Cyber Security

Cyber attacks have increased significantly in recent years, bringing vital conversations about cyber security into the Boardroom. As Board oversight of cyber security has increased, so Board members (even those without technical expertise) have had to become rapidly acquainted...
Posted On 08 Nov 2019
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Understanding Security in the World of the “Risk Society”

Renowned sociologist Ulrich Beck explained the so-called “Risk Society” as: “Modern society becoming a risk society in the sense that it’s increasingly occupied with debating, preventing and managing risks that it itself has produced”. Beck was writing in the mid-1980s in a...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
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ICO intends to fine Marriott International £99 million for GDPR infringements

Following an extensive investigation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a notice of its intention to fine Marriott International the sum of £99,200,396 for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The proposed fine relates to a...
Posted On 09 Jul 2019
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Saving Time, Saving Money: A Risk-Based Approach Towards Cyber Security

If you’ve glanced at the opinion columns of security industry publications of late, you’ve probably seen the term ‘risk-based’ floating around, as in ‘the time is now for a comprehensive, risk-based approach’ or ‘a risk-based approach to security is...
Posted On 23 Jun 2019
Jake Olcott
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Cyber Risk: Key Considerations for Boards of Directors During M&A Procedures

Data breaches are a constant in today’s headlines, but in recent years the risk has been front and centre of some of the most significant M&A deals, writes Jake Olcott. In 2017, Verizon discounted its acquisition price by $350 million when Yahoo belatedly disclosed that it...
Posted On 08 May 2019
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Global study of financial sector shows deep concern about third party cyber risk

BitSight and the Centre for Financial Professionals (CeFPro) have released a joint study shedding light on how financial institutions are addressing challenges associated with third party cyber risk. Based on a survey of financial services professionals from around the world, the...
Posted On 02 Apr 2019
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“UK Boards of Directors don’t understand cyber threat” suggests Government’s Cyber Governance Health Check

The latest Government Cyber Governance Health Check has revealed that the top UK Boards still don’t understand the impact of a cyber attack on their business. Fewer than one-in-five Boards can claim to understand the impact of loss or disruption associated with cyber...
Posted On 13 Mar 2019
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The Growing Importance of Risk Transfer and Cyber Insurance

As data mega-breaches dominate the mainstream news headlines, businesses worldwide are necessarily focusing on how to manage and mitigate cyber risk. The Marriott breach is only the latest in a litany of incidents whose repercussions will surely echo for a long time to come, but...
Posted On 19 Feb 2019
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Five Essential Tools for Supply Chain Risk Management

All areas of risk management – including supply chain risk management – involve ‘blind spots’. To be effective in this field, asserts Jake Olcott, risk professionals must account for risks from a wide variety of sources, from bad password management...
Posted On 19 Feb 2019
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Building Customer Trust: Cyber Security in Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes

In today’s evolving cyber risk landscape, Boards of Directors are becoming increasingly concerned about the security performance of their businesses. In fact, the National Association of Corporate Directors has found that 89% of public companies and 72% of private companies...
Posted On 12 Dec 2018
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