Pings of Death and Other Modern Dilemmas: Navigating Security in the Digital Age

It’s a strange reality to face: at any given moment, an anonymous actor on the other side of the world could disrupt the otherwise smooth rhythm of the life you live. You may be subject to ransomware. Your personal devices may be corrupted and surveilled- without your consent, naturally. The next email you receive might release a new ecosystem made up of malicious code into your personal computer, violating in one stroke every bit of data you chose to store on that device.

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How do you prepare for a cybersecurity incident?

As the use of technology increases and the number of smart phones, notebooks, and tablets grows, so does the threat of hacking, data leakage, insider theft and information manipulation, and even organised crime or state-sponsored attacks. Using an expensive anti-virus system and expensive firewalls provides a partial response for cyber attacks. It is far more effective to design and prepare an organisation wide systemic plan of resistance to these attacks.

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Cybersecurity – A Brave New World

As a tragic lover of all things Harry Potter, the following quote from the Chamber of Secrets sums cybersecurity up for me: “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.

We tend to think of cybersecurity as not our problem, but one that it belongs to IT. But does it really? Cybersecurity needs to be lifted out of the realms of I, it is everybody’s responsibility. Good cybersecurity knowledge is a key component in keeping an individual’s private information safe in the new digital age.

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What is Privacy Awareness? Privacy Awareness Week 2019

This year, Privacy Awareness Week runs from 12 - 18 May 2019 and there are a number of very relevant messages being touted by the many organisations involved. There are also considerable resources available that provide straight forward advice and guidance on privacy obligations and options, including help identifying aspects to not be concerned about.  Data collection and privacy ‘challenges’ are increasingly complex and yet increasingly crucial for organisations in creating and maintaining people’s trust and meeting the expectations for services delivered. Government agencies and private companies need to start by knowing their privacy obligations; this is what privacy awareness is about.

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