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Cyber 321: 8th April 2021

April 9th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including the world’s biggest phonebook courtesy of Facebook, Irish colleges are the latest ransomware victims, and emerging evidence that the Rule of 1% is starting to apply in cyber attacks. This week’s action: Disaster recovery – As the name suggests, think about how you will recover from a disaster like a ransomware attack.

Cyber 321: 1st April 2021

April 1st, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including the increasing concern that large firms have about their smaller suppliers, a survey that reminds us of the prevalence and cost of phishing emails, and the best defences against phishing emails and ransomware. This week’s action: Tag external emails so your staff are less likely to be fooled by a phishing email.

Cyber 321: 25th March 2021

March 25th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: , , , |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including the link between your cybersecurity and your sales opportunities, a recent survey on cyber-crime from Bank of Ireland, and a reminder that cyber-criminals are not ordinary decent criminals. This week’s action: Prepare your people.

Cyber 321: 18th March 2021

March 18th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including how insurance is only useful if you’ve got basic security measures in place, and the reasons why less than 20% of cybercrimes are reported. This week’s action: Have a Plan B.

Cyber 321: 11th March 2021

March 11th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including the cost to Irish businesses of just one type of cybercrime in 2020, and how the increasing adoption of the cloud has increased the value of your passwords. This week’s action: Stop fooling yourself about passwords.

Cyber 321: 4th March 2021

March 4th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including some key insights from the DPC’s annual report, and an introduction to Cyber Essentials. This week’s action: Backups - Have them, test them, secure them

Cyber Essentials

March 1st, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: , , , |

If you have followed my guide to cybersecurity basics for small businesses, you will have basic measures in place to defend against the most likely attacks. You then consider the next step in the cybersecurity ladder. Cyber Essentials may be that step. It is a set of requirements (split across five themes) that will help any business identify the appropriate technical security measures that should be put in place to protect against common cyber attacks.

Cyber 321: 25th February 2021

February 25th, 2021|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: , |

Cyber 3-2-1: Plain English cybersecurity advice in 3 articles, 2 statistics and 1 action, including my guide to the basis of cybersecurity, insight into why small businesses are attacked, and stats on cyber insurance coverage. This week's action: Make sure your valuable data is protected by more than 8 characters.

Small bets

May 10th, 2020|Categories: approach, change, risk|

All change involves risk. To mitigate the risk, we try to avoid change altogether, we go all in, or we plan to the nth degree. But there’s another way - Small bets. Small steps. Small spends. Small risks.

There’s always one

October 11th, 2019|Categories: change, mindset|

IT projects and other planned changes frequently fail - They exceed budgets, timelines, or fail to deliver the expected benefits. It may not be a technology problem. It may be a people problem. And there could be a very rational reason for this problem that should have been considered from the start.

Cybersecurity: Top Tips

January 10th, 2019|Categories: cybersecurity|Tags: |

Alongside my work helping businesses to prepare for GDPR, I continue to help businesses improve their cybersecurity.

I recently wrote an article for the Kildare Chamber of Commerce's quarterly magazine that provided focused actionable advice to individuals and businesses. You can download my tips here.

I run a business: What has GDPR got to do with me?

October 19th, 2018|Categories: GDPR|Tags: |

If you are a business established in the EU, GDPR applies to any processing that you perform on the personal data of living individuals. If your your clients are businesses, GDPR may still apply to you. In this article, I go back to basics and talk about the key obligations of GDPR.

Why data protection is important

December 5th, 2017|Categories: GDPR|Tags: |

GDPR is a growing concern for businesses. As we hear every day, there are potentially big fines for non-compliance.

But today, I want to talk about why data protection is important even if there were no fines or sanctions.

Put aside about your job and your business for a moment.

Think about this as an individual.

Where do you start with GDPR?

September 30th, 2017|Categories: GDPR|Tags: |

GDPR is a pain in the ass

As an individual, I believe GDPR is a good thing. But as a business owner, I know it's a headache.

So, I'll just focus on specific steps you can take to start complying with GDPR.

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