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UK firms may struggle to recover from disruption, survey says

Many companies in the UK may find themselves struggling to recover from business disruption brought about by IT problems like data loss and cyber attacks. This is according to a new study conducted by Quorum, which found that only one in three British firms (34 per cent) are confident in their ability to recover from issues in a matter of minutes. One reason for this is they may not know …Read More

2015 the year of ransomware, declares IBM

IBM has dubbed 2015 the ‘year of ransomware’, after it noted this is the most common type of incident that its security Emergency Response services teams have encountered since January. In the company’s latest quarterly threat report, it stated that there is a widespread belief among both businesses and criminals that this is a profitable form of cyber attack, and as such it will remain common into 2016 and beyond. …Read More

Data breaches named as biggest corporate crisis threat

A survey of businesses in Northern Ireland has revealed the majority of firms in the country regard data breaches as the biggest corporate crisis risk they face. The study, by law firm Pinsent Masons, revealed 83 per cent of organisations named the loss of corporate or customer data as their biggest threat, ahead of issues such as health and safety accidents or becoming embroiled in a bribery or corruption investigation. …Read More

Data loss incidents shake consumer confidence

The growing number of cyber attacks in which sensitive personal and financial details have been stolen is making consumers more wary about doing business online. This is according to a new survey from Symantec, which revealed that more than 12 million people in the UK were the victims of cyber crime in the last year, with individuals losing more than one working day dealing with the fallout from this. Fran …Read More

NI health trust denies data loss claims

A health trust in Northern Ireland has denied claims from a whistleblower that it suffered a data loss that put patients at risk. It was stated by a source that at least two weeks of sensitive information had been lost following a system failure at the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital data centre, Derry Now reports. According to the whistleblower, the trust has no back-ups and, as …Read More

UK employees underestimate impact of data loss

A significant majority of workers in the UK may not fully appreciate how valuable the data they have access to is, and underestimate the impact it would have on their company were this information to be lost. This is according to new research from cyber security provider Clearswift, which revealed only 39 per cent of British employees recognise that intellectual property loss (IP) could damage their business. The firm noted …Read More

More firms looking to insure against data loss, survey finds

A growing number of businesses are looking to protect themselves against the risk of data breaches and other security problems by purchasing specialist insurance, a new study has shown. Research conducted by Veracode and the New York Stock Exchange revealed that the majority of public companies in the US have some form of cyber security insurance, Dark Reading reports. Of these, 91 per cent of policies include protection for business …Read More

Morrisons sued by own staff after data breach

Supermarket Morrisons is facing a lawsuit from members of its own staff, after a data breach saw the personal details of thousands of employees leaked by a disgruntled worker. It comes after around 100,000 staff members were affected by a data breach perpetrated by Andrew Skelton, an auditor at the company. He was jailed for eight years in July after Bradford Crown Court heard how he sent the information to …Read More

Survey: Businesses increasingly replacing laptops with tablets

The number of mobile devices being used in the workplace is continuing to increase, as a growing number of firms are turning to tablets as replacements for aging laptops. This is according to research by Strategy Analytics, which found that the tablet market enjoyed a slight resurgence in the second quarter of 2015, increasing by two per cent to 19.6 million shipments. A key reason for this was the business …Read More

UK city councils said to be unprepared for data loss

Local authorities in the UK should be doing more to protect their most sensitive information against data loss, as a new study has revealed many have not tested their recovery plans. A freedom of information (FOI) request from Darabarracks to councils in all the UK’s major cities revealed that while all respondents have plans in place for what to do in the event of a problem, almost four out of …Read More