UBER: A master-class in how not to handle a serious data security breach

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, ‘uber’ means “extreme”. In the case of Uber, the ride-sharing company, it seems to mean being extremely good at failing to take data protection seriously. On 22 November 2017 it emerged that, in 2016, Uber suffered a data security breach…

EQUIFAX: A warning to all businesses

An emerging crises at Equifax On 8 September, Equifax, an American credit rating firm, disclosed that ‘about’ 143million of its US customers “may have had” their personal information compromised in a security breach after hackers accessed personal data such as social security numbers, birth dates, addresses…

MPs say CEO pay should be linked to effective cybersecurity

A recent parliamentary report, (Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online) recommends several new measures that businesses should adopt to improve their cybersecurity including: A portion of CEO compensation should be linked to effective cybersecurity, in a way to be decided by the Board Cybersecurity…

Spelling error saves bank $920 million!

Recently it has emerged that hackers, (or perhaps as we should more accurately call them, cyber-thieves), took about $80m (about £56m) from Bangladesh’s central bank. Apparently the bank had no firewall and used second-hand routers that cost $10 to connect to global financial networks. In what…