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How to identify a data breach under GDPR

Posted by Nettitude on Apr 15, 2020 1:58:39 PM

By Christopher Laing | Security Consultant at Nettitude 

Please note: The following blog post is relevant to our UK and European readers specifically, although the concept of identifying a data breach is relevant on a global scale.

In our line of work, we very often see businesses rush into panic mode when they suspect a data breach. From releasing confidential information to a body who does not have permission to view it, to secure systems being hacked, there are many ways that personal data can be exposed either intentionally by malicious activity, or unintentionally by internal staff. Whilst there are some simple best-practice housekeeping which can be applied to prevent such breaches, unfortunately, data leaks still happen. The key to handling such data breaches, is firstly, knowing how to identify one.

Whilst it can seem like a major disaster at the time, sending your workforce into panic mode, sometimes the mishandling of data isn’t yet a breach. In this case, knowing how to identify a data breach is your best asset, before having to cry wolf! In the following blog post, we’ll cover how you can identify a data breach, so that you can take the best appropriate action should your business ever suffer a breach (touch wood!).

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Why Every Disaster Recovery Plan Needs Incident Response (IR)

Posted by Nettitude on Apr 8, 2020 1:25:18 PM

By Graham Stevens | Incident Response Consultant at Nettitude

Most businesses of a certain size will have a range of plans & policies put in place to help them when disaster strikes. These are often referred to as business continuity and disaster recovery documents, which will outline how the business should recover from a natural or human-induced disaster, and will include how the business will continue to run & support critical services or functions, or how to recover their technology infrastructure.

In the following blog post, we will discuss how to prepare a disaster and recovery plan and go into some of the identifying factors between a cyber-incident and a cyber-emergency.

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Cybersecurity Maturity Assessments Explained – With Nettitude’s Senior Security Consultant, Richard Hicks.

Posted by Nettitude on Apr 1, 2020 5:45:52 PM

By Richard Hicks | Senior Security Consultant at Nettitude

Cybersecurity doesn’t have a finish line. Whether you’re a small business or a large multi-national organisation, there are always steps and checks you should be completing on a regular basis, one of the most common of which is performing regular penetration testing. There are plenty of organisations out there that are willing to sell you days of effort to test a system, based on fixed scopes, etc., but there is more to security than simply asking someone to mark your homework. A proper cybersecurity framework is one that is custom built and designed for your organisation, there is no one-size fits all in cybersecurity and as such there are a multitude of paths available for you to follow.

Sounds confusing, right? Here at Nettitude, we’re big supporters of the not for profit organisation known as CREST, they are an accreditation and certification body that has helped shape and define information security within the UK and worldwide. CREST regularly publish information, tooling and guidance on cyber security, in which, one such guidance document they provide is the CREST Penetration Testing Guide. This guide provides all the information you need to know about penetration testing, covering the key points of why you would want to stand up a framework, how to size and scope it appropriately to your organisation and crucially as a final step, how to measure the performance and efficacy of your penetration testing programme.

Below We’ll give you a non-biased explanation of what a cyber maturity assessment is, and how CREST can help guide you in the right direction.

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Cloud Series | The Key Principles and Challenges of Cloud Security

Posted by Nettitude on Mar 25, 2020 4:27:44 PM

By Mike Buckley | Presales Consultant at Nettitude

For those that have recently been keeping up with our Cloud Research and Innovation Series, you will by now be aware that many businesses across the globe are turning to cloud solutions. IaaS, SaaS and PaaS all have an increasingly large part to play in business IT strategy, and there are a whole host of benefits which are no longer an added convenience but a necessity for the modern 21st century worker. This is now becoming a realisation for most managers and CEO’s, who are battling against time… and competitors, to get cloud technology incorporated into their business infrastructure. However, as you will have found out from our series so far, there are a number of key considerations to make, in which security is frequently an afterthought in the rush to use all the convenient features that cloud technology provides.

Below, we will look at some of the key considerations’ businesses need to make when considering their cloud migration strategy.

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Four Types of Network Attacks to Protect Against in 2020

Posted by Nettitude on Mar 17, 2020 1:11:42 PM

By Mike Buckley | Presales Consultant at Nettitude

In today’s ‘always on’ digital world, the rate at which organisations and individuals experience cyber-attacks is continually increasing. The University of Maryland state that on average, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds, which equates to 2,244 times a day. In response to this, organisations have began to step up their cybersecurity, with Gartner reporting that Worldwide spending on cybersecurity is forecasted to reach $133.7 billion in 2022.

Moreover, we are beginning to see an increasing number of organisations hiring their own in-house cybersecurity specialists and teams to protect against network threats, but for many SME’s, this simply isn’t a feasible option. In this post, we’ll be exploring the top predicted types of network attacks which could affect organisations in 2020.

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IoT Cybersecurity Threats – How Cybercriminals Target IoT | Nettitude

Posted by Nettitude on Feb 25, 2020 2:37:02 PM

By Graham Sharples | Threat Analyst 

Internet of things (IoT) devices are now embedded in every part of our lives, with more and more devices becoming connected to the internet each day. This is a trend that can trace its origins back to the start of the 1990s wherein a toaster was created by John Romkey that could be turned on and off over the internet. This demonstrated what could potentially be achieved with everyday household appliances. Today, IoT devices are in nearly every electronic device we use and with IBM’s announcement in 2018 that they had made the smallest computer in the world measuring 1 millimetre by 1 millimetre, there is almost nothing an IoT device can’t fit into.

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In 2018, Nettitude became part of The lloyd's Register Group, an 8,000 person strong professional services organisation, with 300 years of heritage in safety and risk management. Nettitude now provides true global coverage, through a network of over 180 offices strategically placed around the globe.

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