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Hacking Cloud Compliance Reviews

Computing Security Awards

The 2019 Computing Security Awards are almost upon us. The finalists have been determined, based on nominations made during June and July. We now ask you to cast your votes to decide who will be the ultimate winners by going to: https://www.computingsecurityawards.co.uk

Those who won last year – should they have made it onto this year’s shortlist – will be seeking to repeat their successes, while those challenging them for this year’s laurels will be looking to go that one step further.

The closing date to get your votes in is 8th October. So… don’t delay!

Industry Insight

Fully in the flow

Document Logistix provides award-winning workflow software that manages the lifecycle of information from capture, through rules-based workflow, retention automation and, finally, destruction

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Editor's Focus

Leading scale-ups boost cyber security future

Twenty fast-growth cyber scale-ups have been accepted on to the first national cyber security growth programme - and they mean business

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Critical mass

Critical asset owners increasingly have to protect their ICT infrastructures against cyber attacks. It's no longer enough for the supplier of a single machine component or subcomponent to claim it is cyber-secure - the entire machine must be so

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Who can you really bank on?

Those who rely on their online bank to keep their money safe might be alarmed to hear that last year 54% of these institutions allowed attackers to steal money. And their customer data may be equally at risk

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Industry View

Threat or treat

How organisations should best manage, detect and respond to a data breach is an on-going question. But an intelligence-driven strategy is an essential part of that

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Product Review

Safetica Data Loss Prevention

Data leak prevention is an essential security measure, but a major concern for many is the lengthy deployment processes for some products. Enter Safetica's DLP solution to save the day

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Webroot Business Endpoint Protection

Webroot takes data security to the next level, as its Business Endpoint Protection teams up multi-vector protection with cloud-based machine learning

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it-sa 2019 The IT Security Expo and Congress

Nuremberg, Germany / 8-10 October 2019

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Welcome to the September 2019 issue of the Computing Security Newsletter.

Breaches at big organisations are now seemingly two a penny, although the actual cost to those suffering the consequences of having their data exposed is incalculable. Once, it might have almost beggared belief that Facebook recently experienced yet another data breach – if we hadn’t already reached a point where nothing that happens in our industry surprises us any longer.

This time we’re talking about 540 million records compromised – including Facebook IDs, comments, likes and reactions and account names. Toni Vitale, head of regulation, data & information at law firm Winckworth Sherwood, is clear as to the impact this breach might have had. “This is a high-stakes matter which may become the defining moment of GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation]. Data regulators in Ireland and Spain are already investigating previous Facebook data breaches affecting their citizens and this is beginning to look like a poor pattern of behaviour from Facebook. The Irish regulator doesn’t really have a track record of robust enforcement, so previously Facebook is likely to have been unconcerned about penalties it might levy. Although it’s unlikely that Facebook will face the full $1.63bn potential, as it is the maximum; but, given the large number of European citizens involved and the number of previous breaches, the eventual fine is still likely to be eye-wateringly large.”

In October last year, Facebook also revealed millions of email addresses, phone numbers and other personal user information were compromised during a security breach, affecting as many as 50 million accounts. In July this year, the company also admitted that millions of Facebook, Facebook Lite and some Instagram users had their passwords stored in plain text, leaving the accounts in question at risk.

The arrival of GDPR more than a year ago has introduced tough penalties for companies that fail to protect user data and can impose fines of up to 4% of worldwide annual turnover – which could, in theory, mean a fine of £1.63 billion for Facebook. This was the third major GDPR investigation into Facebook in five months. But what chance that it is likely to be the last?

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Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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