Don’t be a Phisherman’s Friend

We all take email for granted these days. In fact, a lot of people have gone beyond taking it for granted and would rather replace it with tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams. Still others think that we rely on email too much and most of us struggle to contain our overflowing email inboxes at work. Because of this, I wasn’t surprised to read a recent article in DarkReading which reported a new study on Phishing. Said study reported that 91% of all cyber attacks start with a phishing email. I can believe it. Not because email attacks are becoming more technically sophisticated, but because they rely on human error – and us humans are prone to making mistakes.

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Data Protection Bill – Statement of Intent

On the 7th of August the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published their statement of intent for the Data Protection Bill. The ‘lines to take’ from the PR surrounding the announcement focused on the public having more control over their personal data, including the ‘right to be forgotten’. Also, a new right to require social media platforms to delete personal information on request.

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GDPR and the C Word

There’s a very good chance that the ‘C’ word is used regularly by organisations in conversations relating to the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. That’s not the C word that I have in mind however.

I’m interested in ‘Compliance’.

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Chris Gabriel Discusses GDPR with Technative

Our Group Chief Digital Officer, Chris Gabriel, spoke recently to Technative about the role of the IT channel in helping organisations to prepare for GDPR. Chris has blogged for us recently on the importance of privacy in the digital economy and believes that the IT channel can help organisations to prepare for GDPR despite it not being an an ‘IT problem’.

Organisations Must Match Personal Digital Experiences with Strong Personal Data Privacy

Like many today I am hooked and delighted with digital experiences. Like many today I am horrified and totally fed up with digital experiences.

I guess that is the world we live in.  Yes, we are in a digital age, but an embryonic one, and because of that the potential that digital offers brings out the best in people and businesses and alas the worst in them.  These best examples of digital really do delight.

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GDPR and why the ‘G’ is for Gorilla

Anyone who has heard me talk about GDPR will know I don’t feel it’s particularly necessary to harp on about the coming apocalypse of financial super-sanctions. This is at least partly because we don’t know how severely the ICO will impose fines. Also, because too much FUD (‘fear, uncertainty and doubt’) is already being peddled around the potential fines by others. Typically you’ll find that I tend to focus on the operational (and technical) challenges that will come with the additional information governance obligations, enhanced data subject rights and the increased likelihood of civil actions by data subjects. Read more

GDPR – Common Misconceptions

Where do you get your GDPR information from? Legal advisers? Data protection practitioners? LinkedIn? Or maybe from vendor blogs trying to make out that they have the ‘silver bullet’? We hear a lot of misconceptions in our consultancy work, so I thought that I’d cover some of the common mistakes. Read more

Preparing for GDPR – 6 Steps to Culture Change

The scope of the GDPR is different for every organisation. As a provider of GDPR readiness services, we speak to companies within the same industry whose GDPR compliance roadmaps are completely different. Nonetheless, all organisations need to foster a privacy culture. How does an organisation achieve this? We’ve listed 6 best practices that should form part of your compliance preparations and which can help improve your privacy culture Read more

GDPR Basics – Does it apply to your organisation?

In case you are time poor, the answer is almost certainly yes.  This blog will deliberately not reference any of the 99 Articles or 173 Recitals that make up the GDPR. It will not mention case law or the guidance issued by the ICO and Article 29 Working Party. It doesn’t have to. Read more

TechPulse acquires NodeOne

Acquisition expands TechPulse capability and reach complementing the existing Field Service, Managed and professional service capability of TechForce.

Newbury – September 20th, 2016 – TechPulse, a leader in Channel services and encompassing TechForce, CyberCrowd, ContentWall, BrightPulse, MindPulse and Power IT today announced the acquisition of leading Channel Professional Services organisation NodeOne. The acquisition will provide TechPulse with a wider channel services capability and strong specialisations with vendors such as HP.

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