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HMG steps up support for Lawyers and Accountants with free online training

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills helps Lawyers and Accountants develop Cyber Risk knowledge Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has announced a new free online training course to help members of the legal and accountancy professions develop the skills they need to protect themselves and their clients from cyber-attacks.
Developed by government and industry, the on-line training will also enable lawyers and accountants to advise their clients on the cyber risks to their business. This will help UK businesses protect themselves from information breaches and other threats that could potentially cost them millions of pounds.

4.5 billion records stolen by cyber criminals

Reports have been confirmed that over four billion records from 500 million addresses have been stolen by by a Russian group.  From buying a set of stolen details on a Dark Web Site the gang was able to install malware on systems using both social media and email exploits. These infected systems were then used to expand the theft as their botnet grew through SQL injection attacks and other vulnerabilities enabling them to steal more data from more websites. 

Data & Privacy Exposures are not limited to security breaches

The impication of the Google 'right to be forgotten' caseThe Right to be Forgotten isn't just a Google issue
When considering data protection, data losses tend to spring to mind. However, this year, the risks of holding data for too long have been at the fore.
The recently publicised "right to be forgotten" case saw the European Court of Justice rule that Google Spain was a data controller due to its capacity to find, index, store and make information available to the public on its website.

Think Cyber Risk is only a big business issue?

Think again, here is one way a smaller businesses was impacted Small business hits by cyber fraud fined for non compliance with PCI DSS

In the early 2000’s a husband and wife had the idea to set up a specialist Ironmongery business to meet the needs of the trade and homeowners.    
Over the next few years, the business grew outstripping the first warehouse and by 2010 they had moved into larger premises and had built a professional website that added reach and customers.