Catch up on the past week’s cybersecurity news

GDPR continues to dominate headlines this week as data protection officers brace for the upcoming regulations, the UK braces for what might be an imminent high-impact cyber-attack, and the 2018 Winter Olympics gets hacked during the opening ceremony.  Check out the latest in cybersecurity news.  

  1. Email archives often overlooked in GDPR compliance efforts Via Information Magazine
    • With only five months until the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, time is ticking for businesses to get their email security and archive solutions ready. Read More
  2. Mimecast Chief Trust Officer: Revealing the hidden risks of GDPR Via CBR Online
    • GDPR compliance cannot be achieved with a solely law-based approach, a robust operational strategy is critical to success.  Arriving on the 25th of May 2018, GDPR will go live and be ready to mete out punishment to those failing to comply with the new, rigid data protection standards. It is necessary to repeat the date of its arrival and the penalties it will carry as vast numbers of organizations are either failing to achieve compliance or have not heard about it at all. Read More
  3. How to make your business cyber resilient with Mimecast Via Business Tech
    • As email-borne threats become more prevalent and sophisticated, many organizations are shifting to a cyber resilience strategy to better protect their business, data, and employees.  In 2017, two massive malware attacks occurred within a month of each other – Petya and WannaCry – and both targeted vulnerable Microsoft computers.  Each of these global ransomware outbreaks seized hundreds of thousands of systems – from healthcare to government, to transportation – across 150 countries.  Read more
  4. Cloud traffic to represent 95% of total data center traffic by 2021: Cisco Via TEISS
    • Cloud data centre traffic is expected to represent 95 percent of total data centre traffic by 2021 compared to 88 percent in 2016, notes Cisco's Global Cloud Index for the period 2016 to 2021.1  The domination of cloud-based data has been enabled by the meteoric growth of consumer and business applications such as streaming video, social networking, enterprise resource planning, analytics and digital enterprise applications. Read More
  5. UK companies warned to boost cyber-security or face fines Via SC Magazine
    • Energy, transport, water and health firms could face penalties of up to £17 million if they do not have effective cyber-security measures and suffer service outages as a result, the UK government announced. Industries running critical infrastructure could face fines of up to £17 million if they do not have effective cybersecurity measures, the UK government announced, in a decision that has been widely trailed. The penalties are to apply to energy, transport, water and health firms if they fail to have safeguards in place against cyber-attack. Read More
  6. A high-impact cyber-attack on UK likely in the next 2 years Via SC Magazine
    • It is a matter of “When, not if” a major cyber-attack on the UK will happen says Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC. This statement raises the prospect of huge disruptions to the British government and critical infrastructure. According to Martin, Britain has been lucky to avoid a Category 1 attack in the last 15 months, i.e. one that it would cripple infrastructures such as energy supplies and the financial sector. Read More
  7. Businesses STILL don’t know about GDPR – Tech sector reacts to Gov’t survey Via CBR Online
    • Has your organization been preparing for GDPR? This survey proves that chances are it is not even on your radar.  The UK Government has released a survey looking into the challenges of GDPR faced by businesses and charities, as well as the approaches they are taking to tackle them. By conducting the survey, the government is aiming to determine where it can work with industries to provide support.  Arriving at a critical point in the history of cybersecurity, 2018 is positioned to be an important year. A core reason for this is the fast approach of GDPR, with the long-awaited EU regulation set to come into force on the 25th of May this year. Read More
  8. Winter Olympics was hit by cyber-attack, officials confirm Via The Guardian
    • Winter Olympics officials have confirmed the games were hit by a cyber-attack during the opening ceremony – but have refused to confirm rumors in Pyeongchang that Russia was responsible. Shortly before the ceremony, the official Pyeongchang 2018 site stopped working, with users unable to access information or print tickets for events. The website was only normalized at 8 am on Saturday, 12 hours later.  The wifi in the Pyeongchang Olympic stadium also stopped working along with televisions and internet at the main press center. Read More

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