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ISMS.online News Roundup – 2nd January 2020

New Year Honours: Publication of addresses a ‘complete disaster’

A report featuring the list of 1,097 honours recipients, comprising of big-profile names such as Sir Elton John and cricketer Ben Stokes, was posted to the official website on Friday night. The list contained complete addresses including house numbers and postcodes for most awardees and was removed on Saturday. Although the Cabinet Office stated the document had only been accessible for an hour, the former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, told the BBC that the government could face legal consequences from those whose details had been leaked, and also from the ICO.

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UK’s cyber security chief Ciaran Martin to step down next year

In this wonderful article for Sky News, Deborah Haynes details how the head of the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, made a statement advising that this year’s securing technology issues will become increasingly complex, as well as how he will stand down from his position by the end of the year.

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Building the right behaviours – The importance of focusing on behaviour change in cybersecurity awareness training

Research this year indicated that the greatest risk to IT security is human error, as well as recognising that awareness and formal training are major challenges facing most companies in their struggle against rising cyber-attacks. Nick Wilding addresses the value of concentrating on behavioural changes in your cybersecurity awareness training in this informative post for ITProPortal.

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Swig Security Review 2019: Part II

In this insightful article for The Daily Swig, Catherine Chapman talked to several of the key thinkers in the industry about their forecasts about what will happen in the upcoming year, as well as their takeaways from the biggest security events and developments in 2019.

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Top Security Breaches of 2019: Another Bad Year for Cybersecurity

A study conducted in September of this year showed how there was a 33.3% increase in data breaches reported in 2019, while the total number of reports more than doubled. Peter Suciu discusses how this phenomenon will only escalate in the coming year if attitudes do not alter in this brilliant article for ClearanceJobs.

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Cybersecurity Insights Blog: Year-In-Review

In this excellent article for the NIST Cybersecurity Insights blog, Kristina Rigopoulos looks back on 2019’s top 5 blog posts posted to the website, including how to manage your position in cybersecurity as well as the NIST Privacy Framework’s preliminary version to name a few.

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Is the AI hype bubble in cybersecurity deflating?

Artificial intelligence has been hailed for some time as the latest major thing in technology, considering the phenomenon beginning towards the end of 2015. In this thought-provoking analysis for ITProPortal, Richard Walters discusses how to distinguish reality from speculation in cybersecurity, as well as its drawbacks, with respect to AI.

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IoT giant exposes millions of customer details online

Brian Turner, in this wonderful article for TechRadar Pro, discusses how Wyze’s Smart Device Company has reported that they had inadvertently leaked a database containing information from up to 2.4 million online users in early December when it was finally discovered by cybersecurity company Twelve Security at the end of this month.

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Work from home? You need a data protection, backup and recovery plan

In this fantastic article for TechHQ, Jia Jen Low discusses the value of ‘ data care ‘ planning, regardless of how big your company is, as technological advances are changing the landscape of how business operations and data today influence important business decisions, this is no exception for the small office and home office industry.

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The Growing Importance of Data Democratization

Dina Kholkar discusses how data democratisation or the process of making data available across the business is crucial to unlocking value embedded inside companies as open access to data creates new possibilities and unlocks value embedded inside organisations that can positively impact the top and bottom line of a corporation, in this fascinating article for CFO.

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A Ransomware Playbook: From Prevention to Payment

In this fascinating article for Computer Business Review, Ed Targett explores how current ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data but also uses it for reselling, as well as taking advice from more than 20 security experts on how to prevent an attack in 2020 including what to do if ransomware affects you.

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Top five healthcare security hygiene fails in 2019

In this comprehensive article for ITProPortal, Doc Vaidhyanathan explores how healthcare will persist to be one of the most at-risk sectors due to the significant amount of sensitive data surrounding it, as well as some of 2019’s most critical healthcare security hygiene shortcomings based on recent data breaches and fines imposed.

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Ransomware attack takes US maritime base offline

The U.S. coast guard reported a ransomware attack on an unidentified marina base that interrupted surveillance, door access control systems, and vital monitoring systems that kept the base inaccessible for more than 30 hours, described in this excellent BBC news report.

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