Week Ending: June 2nd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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A new week and a new roundup from Claritas HQ. Today, we bring you the stories you might have missed from the IT and Tech space while you were working hard. This week’s hot topics come in the form of data protection, a cyber security research report and one country turning off its internet. Let’s dive in...

UK’s tough approach to data protection

It was revealed this week that the UK is no soft touch when it comes to data protection. In fact, the United Kingdom was one of the most active regions in terms of enforcement and fines over data. The breaching of UK data protection laws resulted in £3.2m in 2016, as detailed in a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

This result is an increase of almost 60% on 2015 and moves in correlation with the number of serious breaches of the UK Data Protection Act, which almost doubled in 2016.

In the upcoming years, fines will just continue to rise as UK organisations risk much more if they fail to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25 May 2018. Currently, penalties are capped at £500,000 but this will increase to £17.5m or 4% of annual global turnover, depending on which is the larger sum. Ouch.

Recent report reveals the fears of a ‘catastrophic’ cybersecurity attack

94% of risk professionals surveyed recently believe unsecured IoT devices could lead to a monumental cybersecurity attack. The report released by Ponemon Institute and the Shared Assessments Program, was built on the responses of 553 individuals from various industries.

Participants were quizzed about what practices they had in place when it comes to cyber security and the results revealed a definite fear and expectation of an attack. Furthermore, a huge 76% of those surveyed said that a DDoS attack coming from an unsecured IoT device would be "likely to occur within the next two years."

The report found that many security personnel are not communicating vital messages effectively to leadership that would lead to board-level assessment of IoT business risks.

Food for thought when it comes to your weekly and monthly catch-ups. IT security should be firmly on the agenda.

Ethiopia turns the internet off

Here’s one way to stop cheating in exams, turn the country’s internet off. That’s exactly what Ethiopia has done this week, shutting off access for its citizens due to the leaking of exam papers. According to Google’s transparency report, visits from Ethiopia dropped drastically on Tuesday evening and by Wednesday afternoon had still not picked up.

The crackdown is said to be in retaliation to activists leaking papers last year for the country’s 12th grade national exams. This year the government appears to have eliminated the opportunity for this to happen by shutting down the internet within the country.

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