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  • Paralegal Fined For Data Breach
    Posted On 06/11/14
    Paralegal Fined For Data Breach

    James Pickles had taken confidential and sensitive information when he left his employer and moved to a competitor. He had resigned from Jordons Solicitors in Yorkshire and it was discovered he had forwarded on six emails that contained the information of over 100 people and included workload lists, file notes and template documents.

  • NHS Should Be Aware Of Threats To Data Security
    Posted On 06/11/14
    NHS Should Be Aware Of Threats To Data Security

    A new report has raised concerns that the NHS and local government don’t have a full understanding of the implications surrounding data security threats. The National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) National Cyber Security programme aims to tackle cyber crime and make the UK one of the safest places in the world for business.

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  • NHS Defends Data Security Steps
    Posted On 06/11/14
    NHS Defends Data Security Steps

    NHS England has announced that the care data patient data plan is to go ahead, after listening to objections for the past six months and developing a safeguarding strategy to prevent private information from being hacked or misused.

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  • ICO Raises Concerns About Legal Data Protections
    Posted On 06/11/14
    ICO Raises Concerns About Legal Data Protections

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned the legal profession to ensure they keep personal information secure and take steps to prevent data breaches. A warning has been issued following a number of complaints concerning barristers and solicitors in recent months.

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  • PwC Legal Focuses On Data Protection
    Posted On 06/11/14
    PwC Legal Focuses On Data Protection

    One of the UK’s leading data protection lawyers has been recruited to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) cyber security practice. Stewart Room has more than two decades’ experience as a barrister and solicitor, with a special interest in advising companies on how to cope with data breaches and handling personal data

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  • Cyber Criminals Target Healthcare Providers
    Posted On 06/11/14
    Cyber Criminals Target Healthcare Providers

    Cyber attacks at healthcare organisations are on the rise, as medical information could be worth more to hackers than credit card details. The US healthcare industry has a net worth of $3 trillion (£1.8 trillion) and is fast becoming a prime target for cyber criminals, Reuters reports. Dave Kennedy, healthcare security expert, said “Hospitals have low security, so it’s relatively easy for these hackers to get a large amount of personal data for medical fraud.

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  • Trust Praised For Data Security Initiatives
    Posted On 06/11/14
    Trust Praised For Data Security Initiatives

    With data breaches and hacks serving as a threat to many huge organisations, the importance of data security should be at the forefront of each company – in particular, those that hold the most sensitive information, like the NHS.

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  • BYOD Concerns For Mobile Lawyers
    Posted On 06/11/14
    BYOD Concerns For Mobile Lawyers

    There are increasing concerns that lawyers and other legal professionals are regularly accessing potentially sensitive data while on the go. Barrie Hadfield, founder and chief technology officer at Workshare, stressed that the changes in working practices for many is having an impact on the level of data security in place at some firms.

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  • Department of Business Innovation & Skills 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey
    Posted On 05/11/14
    Department of Business Innovation & Skills 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey

    A landmark report from the Department of Business Innovation & Skills has highlighted the scale and cost of security breaches in the UK.  The findings show that while there are some encouraging signs, there is still considerable room for improvement.

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  • Data Security Risks In The Healthcare Sector
    Posted On 21/10/14
    Data Security Risks In The Healthcare Sector

    Keeping patient data safe is a major challenge to the UK health sector, with fears around patient data confidentiality intensifying as digital continues to take over from paper records. The announcement that the Government will allow the NHS to harvest personal data from confidential medical files has also put a further spotlight on this issue.

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  • Data Security In The Legal Sector
    Posted On 09/10/14
    Data Security In The Legal Sector

    It has recently been reported in the media that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has stepped up its focus on data breaches in the legal profession and mandatory breach notification is expected. This is not surprising, given the kind of information that lawyers typically handle, ranging from personal details through to price-sensitive and confidential company content. 

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  • An Insight Into Government Security – And The Role Of Privacy Filters
    Posted On 05/09/14
    An Insight Into Government Security – And The Role Of Privacy Filters

    Jack Halewood is the UK Account Manager for 3M privacy filters and gives us his views on how government’s approach to security and the role of privacy filters in ensuring better data privacy.  

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  • Government Data Breaches – Mishandling & Leaks
    Posted On 04/09/14
    Government Data Breaches – Mishandling & Leaks

    Breaches of Government data are nothing new: we’ve all heard stories of laptops being left on trains and USB flash drives being misplaced. Of course, most organisations are waking up to this problem and are taking more security measures (such as encryption), but the fact remains that data breaches are still an issue.

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  • Government Departments Urged To Protect Their Data
    Posted On 04/09/14
    Government Departments Urged To Protect Their Data

    HM Government’s Security Policy Framework (SPF) covers the standards and security controls that are required to protect UK Government people, information, infrastructure and assets. 

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  • Health Board Criticised For Data Breach
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Health Board Criticised For Data Breach

    A health board in North Wales has been criticised for failing to protect confidential patient information. The Betsi Cadwaladr University (UHB) was found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act following an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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  • Social Housing Organisations Must Ensure Secure Data
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Social Housing Organisations Must Ensure Secure Data

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that the UK’s social housing sector is facing a range of data protection issues. According to Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, the sector must focus on improving its performance in areas of data sharing, retention and secure working away from the office.

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  • NSA Whistleblower Calls For Better Data Protection
    Posted On 03/09/14
    NSA Whistleblower Calls For Better Data Protection

    Edward Snowden has called for professionals to be made aware that they have obligations to their clients to protect data and confidentiality. The NSA whistleblower stressed to the Guardian that many people have a duty to respect information in light of recent scandals.

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  • Public Sector Concerned Data Threat Comes From Staff
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Public Sector Concerned Data Threat Comes From Staff

    A new survey suggests that the biggest threat to public sector data comes from staff members. Research conducted by PHS Data Solutions concluded that 83 per cent of senior public sector managers involved in the study believe that internal loss or misuse of data by employees is their key concern. 

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  • ICO Reports Increase In Data Complaints
    Posted On 03/09/14
    ICO Reports Increase In Data Complaints

    There has been an increase in the number of complaints made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the past 12 months. According to the ICO’s annual report, the body dealt with a total of 15,492 complaints about data protection – ten per cent more than during the previous year.

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  • Lost Mobile Phones Raise Security Concerns
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Lost Mobile Phones Raise Security Concerns

    A survey has revealed the security concerns that lost mobile phones can present. The study conducted by Symantec Canada involved 60 phones deliberately lost in six major cities and discovered that finders accessed a whole host of sensitive and personal data.

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  • Council Warned About Data Security Risks
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Council Warned About Data Security Risks

    Staff at Wolverhampton City Council have been given additional training in data protection following an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The council was forced to ensure that all employees and councillors were made aware of the regulations surrounding information after the ICO raised significant concerns about data security

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  • Cost Of Data Breaches Revealed
    Posted On 03/09/14
    Cost Of Data Breaches Revealed

    The average cost of data breaches is now $3.5 million, according to a new study. Costs of dealing with data breaches have risen by 15 per cent over the past year, claims the latest research from the Ponemon Institute.

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  • 3M Privacy Filters Fit The Bill For GI Solutions
    Posted On 19/08/14
    3M Privacy Filters Fit The Bill For GI Solutions

    GI Solutions became a 3M Privacy Filter customer to protect its valuable client data from potentially unauthorised viewing by staff and visitors, both in the office and on the road. Jas Kalsi, Helpdesk Manager at GI Solutions tells us more.

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  • ISO27001 and Visual Privacy - Blog
    Posted On 04/07/14
    ISO27001 and Visual Privacy - Blog

    Peter Hartley is Key Account Manager for 3M Privacy Filters. He tells us why ISO27001 is so important for businesses and explains how 3M can help them become compliant, but first, we asked him about his experience and the areas he looks after.

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  • The Mobile Working Boom Continues - Blog
    Posted On 31/05/14
    The Mobile Working Boom Continues - Blog

    The number of mobile workers across the globe will reach 1.3 billion by 2015. Last year IDG Connect surveyed CIOs across the UK, France and Germany and revealed that mobile working is booming and BYOD (bring-your-own-device) has played a significant role in increasing the number of mobile workers.

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  • Mobile Working Could Boost Productivity
    Posted On 30/05/14
    Mobile Working Could Boost Productivity

    Richard Hodkinson, chief technology officer at DWF LLP, told a conference attended by chief information officers that introducing remote and mobile working measures could promote collaboration and ensure a modern image to clients.

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  • Mobile Phone Loss Highlights Data Security Breach
    Posted On 30/05/14
    Mobile Phone Loss Highlights Data Security Breach

    The recent loss of the mobile phone of a political editor highlights the increasing need to ensure that such devices, and the information they contain, are protected.

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  • Staff Remotely Work While Away On Holiday
    Posted On 30/05/14
    Staff Remotely Work While Away On Holiday

    Many employees opt to work while away on holiday, according to a new survey. The study by workplace website Glassdoor surveyed more than 2,000 workers and discovered that many do not take their full holiday entitlement and can often be found checking their emails while away from the office.

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  • Employers Could Boost Remote Working Success
    Posted On 30/05/14
    Employers Could Boost Remote Working Success

    Recent years have seen a trend by employers to allow staff to work either at home or on the move but it has not been without its problems. According to the Trades Union Congress, more than four million people work on a regular basis somewhere other than their normal workplace.

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  • Remote Workers 'Enjoy Life Balance'
    Posted On 21/05/14
    Remote Workers 'Enjoy Life Balance'
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  • Rise In Tablet Ownership
    Posted On 21/05/14
    Rise In Tablet Ownership

    New figures show a substantial rise in tablet ownership across the UK as more people opt to access the internet while away from home.

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  • Increase In Train Wi-fi Services
    Posted On 21/05/14
    Increase In Train Wi-fi Services

    The expansion of wi-fi services onboard key train services and at stations is set to increase the number of people opting to work on the go. 

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  • Mobile Workers Rely On Coffee Shops
    Posted On 21/05/14
    Mobile Workers Rely On Coffee Shops

    There is an increasing trend for people to do their work on the move and a new survey highlights the reliance on coffee shop Wi-Fi services. A study by Samsung found that remote workers are more concerned about the provision of free Wi-Fi rather than the quality of beverage being offered by coffee shops.

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  • Companies 'Must Focus On Data Security'
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Companies 'Must Focus On Data Security'

    Many companies are failing to take steps to prevent and identify cyber threats, according to a new survey. The latest Dell Global Security Survey shows that major organisations are largely ignoring this area of data security and therefore could be putting client information at risk. 

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  • The Impact Of Big Data On Privacy And Security
    Posted On 30/04/14
    The Impact Of Big Data On Privacy And Security

    One option could be to enable people to opt in or out of the collection, sharing and use of data. Marketing company Acxiom believes consumers should be able to easily review, edit and limit their own data, as well as being made aware this could result in less targeted advertising.

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  • Regulation Around Visual Data Privacy – The Essential Facts
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Regulation Around Visual Data Privacy – The Essential Facts

    Financial organisations need to be aware of the regulation around visual privacy issues and manage ‘shoulder surfing’ as part of their overall risk, compliance and security processes.  Given how many people now work remotely or on the move, visual privacy should be a priority.

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  • Security Breaches Hit Financial Data
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Security Breaches Hit Financial Data

    Many financial customer accounts and banks have been compromised as a result of security breaches in recent times, according to a new survey. A poll conducted by ACI Worldwide showed that 22 per cent of customer accounts have been affected by breaches.

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  • Bank of England Examines Cyber-Resilience Of The Banking Industry
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Bank of England Examines Cyber-Resilience Of The Banking Industry

    The Bank of England is warning companies to take steps to prevent cyber-attacks. A study by the institution found that many firms within the UK financial sector are not prepared for the impact e-crime could have on their operations and has called for improvements in information security. 

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  • Compliance Is 'Vital' For In-House Counsels
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Compliance Is 'Vital' For In-House Counsels

    Compliance and ethics are the main focus for general counsels this year, according to a new study. The latest Chief Legal Officers Survey for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) found that 88 percent believe meeting compliance measures and ethics guidelines are a top priority.

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  • Data Breach Fines - Are You Aware Of The Risks?
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Data Breach Fines - Are You Aware Of The Risks?

    Examples of data security failures are plentiful. In July 2012, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined Welcome Financial Services (WFS) £150,000 for a data breach that saw over half a million customers’ details go missing. In 2010, Zurich Insurance Plc was forced by the ICO to confess publicly to the loss of 46,000 records containing customer’s personal information. 

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  • EU Approves New Cyber-Security Law
    Posted On 30/04/14
    EU Approves New Cyber-Security Law

    A new law which will require some companies to report security breaches has been approved by the European Union. The European Parliament voted in favour of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive that will require companies which own or operate technology for critical infrastructure facilities.

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  • Importance Of Protecting Data In Finance & Banking With Jack Halewood
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Importance Of Protecting Data In Finance & Banking With Jack Halewood

    Jack Halewood is the UK Account Manager for 3M privacy filters, which can be quickly and easily fitted on to monitors, laptops, tablets and smartphones to prevent screens being viewable by anyone other than the user.  Jack tells us why he believes visual security needs to be given more attention, but first, we asked him to tell us about his background and why he’s the right man for the job.

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  • Data Challenges To Be Faced By Global Banks
    Posted On 30/04/14
    Data Challenges To Be Faced By Global Banks

    Consultancy firm PwC believes the financial services sector will need to make various changes to meet the needs of its customers. As well as ensuring increasing flexibility to react to the desires of new generation companies and customers, banks are aware of a growing increase in the importance of compliance.

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  • Visual Security In Government – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Government – A Brief Insight

    The Ministry of Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office, Department of Health and the Treasury are among the departments now encouraging the use of privacy filters to prevent unauthorised viewing of data.

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  • Visual Security In Healthcare – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Healthcare – A Brief Insight

    Health authorities and private practices, to individual hospitals and clinics, healthcare providers are beginning to recognise the consequences of visual data breaches for both provider and patient.

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  • What Mobile Technology Means For Your Company’s Data Security Policy
    Posted On 31/03/14
    What Mobile Technology Means For Your Company’s Data Security Policy

    More screens displaying more corporate data in increasingly public locations causing lingering concerns over security, audit and governance. So while the mobility of workers and the use of these devices can prove helpful to corporations, there are obvious risks.

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  • Visual Security In Education – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Education – A Brief Insight

    Examination conditions for schools (and sixth form colleges) in England and Wales are regulated by the JCQ. To ensure e-assessment candidate privacy, JCQ guidelines (ref: ICE 2013 / 2014, Appendix 1, Section 6.5).

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  • Visual Security In Legal Professions – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Legal Professions – A Brief Insight

    Leading firms of various sizes have recognised the consequences of visual data breaches. Having identified the increased risks associated with staff travelling, conducting meetings on-the-go in public places, and visiting clients.

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  • Visual Security In Mobile Working – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Mobile Working – A Brief Insight

    The issue of visual data security is also relevant in open-plan or informal office environments where staff may view sensitive commercial or employee data on a “need to know” basis. Inside, as well as outside.

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  • Top Data Security Tips When Travelling & Remote Working
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Top Data Security Tips When Travelling & Remote Working

    Public networks are not secure: Sending emails from guest accounts at facilities other than your own are not secure. Be cautious about sending highly sensitive information via non-secure networks.

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  • Data Security And Financial Services - In The Spotlight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Data Security And Financial Services - In The Spotlight

     The Financial Services Act 2012 abolished the FSA and under the new legislation the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA),is now responsible and has the ability to fine companies in the financial sector for serious infringements – there are no upper limits to these fines

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  • Data Security In The Legal Sector - In The Spotlight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Data Security In The Legal Sector - In The Spotlight

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority, the regulatory body of the Law Society, publishes a Code of Conduct which states that “Protection of confidential information is a fundamental feature of your relationship with clients” and requires that companies.

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  • Data Security In The Government Sector - In The Spotlight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Data Security In The Government Sector - In The Spotlight

    A new mandatory requirement states that Departments and Agencies must adopt ‘clear computer screen’ policies in areas where sensitive assets are handled, particularly in open plan or shared office areas.

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  • Top 10 Data Management Tips
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Top 10 Data Management Tips

    Knowing what sensitive data you need to be concerned about is a crucial step in determining how best to protect it. It is important to know what information – client details, business plans, or intellectual property – is sensitive and therefore should be protected.

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  • Are You Losing More Than Just Privacy?
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Are You Losing More Than Just Privacy?

    We discovered employees’ productivity can reduce by as much as 50% when their visual privacy is at risk. With a Privacy Screen fitted to their computer/device, they worked 44% of the time (only 22% of the time without a privacy screen fitted). 

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  • Visual Security In Banking & Finance – A Brief Insight
    Posted On 31/03/14
    Visual Security In Banking & Finance – A Brief Insight

    It doesn’t take an IT security expert to gain access to a company’s, or its customers’, confidential data… just a pair of eyes. As more and more workers access and process company information in non-secure locations.

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