As the second weekend in August approaches, and the whole world is talking about the latest Game of Thrones episode, it feels like the words “Winter is Here” are very relatable at the moment.
Miserable weather aside, the Game of Thrones references are far from over in this week’s roundup. Let’s take a look at HBO’s cyber-battle alongside some of the biggest stories in I.T. & Tech, making the headlines this week.
Firms facing fines
Firms could be facing fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover if they fail to implement an effective strategy to combat cybercrime.
Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock said the sanctions would be a last resort and that they would not apply to any firms who had attempted to put safeguards in place.
The move is to ensure that essential services such as energy, water, transport and health firms are safeguarded against hacking attempts.
It would seem that this is a backlash from the NHS WannaCry attack, and it is going to have serious repercussions for businesses.
If you are concerned about your business security and want to talk about your options, follow this link here to start a conversation.
HBO held to ransom over GOT
It appears white walkers and the enemy to the north isn’t the only threat that needs combatting in Game of Thrones.
Hackers who have previously leaked GOT scripts and other data taken from HBO, are now demanding a ransom payment to prevent future leaks.
The group claim to have stolen 1.5TB of data in total, however HBO are holding firm as they don’t believe there to be any substance to the threats.
The rumours are that the data includes: scripts, legal information and even personal details of actors involved in the show.
It will be interesting to see who wins the latest epic battle, HBO or the hackers.
Big changes on the horizon for UK data protection
You may have heard the term GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) banded about in the news recently, and are wondering what it is and what it means for you.
To put it simply it’s a piece of EU legislation that is due to be enshrined into UK law. The new laws will change the way companies can obtain and store our personal data, and will give us more control over information held about us, as well as information we have posted.
Some of the main changes outlined in the proposals include:
- Making it easier to withdraw consent on the usage of your personal data
- Allowing people to delete data held on them – significantly data posted as a child
- Expanding personal data to include IP addresses, DNA and cookies.
As a result of the new laws, firms who choose not to follow the rules will be hit with hefty fines levied by the UK’s data protection watchdog.
Stay tuned for a more detailed blog post on GDPR and how it might affect you from Claritas.
If this week’s roundup simply isn’t enough, you can follow us across four channels on social media to keep up with the latest I.T. and tech news, cybersecurity, best practice and a whole host of other topics.