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Retailer fined £500,000 for failing to secure data of “at least” 14 million individuals

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined DSG Retail Limited the sum of £500,000 after a ‘Point of Sale’ computer system was compromised as the result of a cyber attack, in turn affecting at least 14 million people. An ICO investigation found that an attacker...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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Detailed Cifas research reveals 96% spike in retail account takeover fraud

The latest research project conducted by Cifas shows that there was an overall increase in online fraudulent conduct of 9% in the first nine months of 2019 when compared to the same period the previous year. The majority of online fraudulent conduct was made up of identity fraud,...
Posted On 06 Jan 2020
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Defending Against (and Recovering From) Cyber Attacks: Five Key Steps

Given how commonplace cyber attacks have become on a global basis, the topic of cyber security is moving increasingly up the Boardroom agenda, and rightly so. 72% of large businesses here in the UK have said that they’ve identified at least one cyber security breach in the...
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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Gallagher Security unveils Security Health Check tool to help end users identify system vulnerabilities

A free cyber audit tool has been released to its customers by a global technology leader in integrated access control, intruder alarms management and perimeter protection in what it believes is an ‘industry first’. Gallagher Security has unveiled its Security Health...
Posted On 17 Oct 2019
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Banking industry halts £4.5 million of fraud per day in first half of 2019

The finance industry prevented £820 million of unauthorised fraud in the first half of 2019, which is up 14% on the previous year. That’s according to the latest figures from UK Finance. This is equivalent to £2 in every £3 of attempted unauthorised fraud being stopped, o...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019
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ICO issues warning about historical personal details accessed through work

An Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation into the actions of two former Metropolitan Police Service officers has concluded. The investigation followed a referral from the Met and looked at whether the two former officers had acted unlawfully by retaining or...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019
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Liberty fights for “intrusive” facial recognition systems ban following court ruling

Campaigning organisation Liberty is battling for an outright ban on “intrusive and discriminatory” facial recognition technology after the High Court found its use by South Wales Police is currently lawful. Cardiff resident Ed Bridges, represented by Liberty, challenged South...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
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Liberty and Privacy International bid to uncover phone spying technology

Human rights organisations Liberty and Privacy International have been in court fighting to force the police service to reveal whether or not it’s using IMSI catchers. IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which mimic mobile phone towers, tricking phones into connecting with...
Posted On 03 Sep 2019
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Egress Survey: “Human error remains primary cause of personal data breaches”

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request and subsequently released by Egress, the provider of people-centric data security solutions, highlight rather concerning statistics on human error remaining the main cause of personal data breaches. The figures show that, of...
Posted On 26 Aug 2019