As a result from the security issues surrounding iCloud, “The general move to cloud services is going to suffer..” “In the wake of a leak at the start of the month, Apple added new security measures to its iCloud service. Apple was late to the game with two-factor authentication, but most of these (celebrity) images were likely hacked before it brought in that update”, Conor Flynn stated to the Sunday Business Post. “These leaks should act as a wake-up call to Irish smart-phone users to keep account of where their data is being stored, according to Michael Conway – director of Renaissance”.
If the public was better educated about the methods and locations for storage of their data, it would minimise the risk to the user. “People share information so-freely in social media circles, the logical step is just saving that information in the cloud”.
According to the Sunday Business Post, the simple solution is to encrypt your files before saving to a cloud service because even if that cloud provider is compromised, your files are useless to anyone who gets them without the encryption key.
“IRISH companies are suffering data breaches in record numbers, according to a major new survey from The Irish Computer Society.”
Firstly the definition of a data breach according to wikipeadia – “A data breach is a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so.”
It has being discovered that “four-fifths of all Irish data breaches come from firms employees”.
The survey, conducted among IT administrators in 256 Irish-based companies, reveals that more than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, with 22pc suffering multiple breaches.
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We welcome Ms. Helen Dixon in to the Data Protection Sector and wish her success in her important new role. Ms. Dixon is taking over from Mr. Billy Hawkes whom has retired from his position as privacy chief since 2005.
Ms. Dixon has served an 11 year career in two US IT multinationals – Worth Data Inc and Citrix Systems – that had their EMEA bases in Ireland.
“The role of the office of the Data Protection Commissioner as an independent body which has responsibility for safeguarding data in Ireland is of critical importance.”
In a statement, a Government spokesman said Ms Dixon brings “a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, both in the public and private sectors”.
We would like to wish Ms. Helen Dixon all the best in her new role and hope she has a successful career.
We would also like to wish Mr. Billy Hawkes well with his future endeavours.