Author: Tim Valtwies

There are several reasons why the risk of a Cyber incident is such an important issue on the business agenda, as the increasing frequency, scale and impact of successful attacks cannot be underestimated. Australian legislation has been amended to include the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme and the Government’s response to data privacy has also driven more interest and focus.

Read more: Cyber Security - A Growing Risk For Businesses

Author: Brittany George

In today’s tech-driven world, where data breaches regularly break into headlines, every organization should have a cyber incident response plan. Unfortunately, too many organizations fail to create — and practice — such plans. They may be seen as too costly, too time-consuming, or nonessential, but the ability to quickly and efficiently respond to a data breach is a lifeline no organization should go without.

Read more: Are You Prepared for a Cyber Breach?

Data breaches are as prevalent as ever, with news of large-scale breaches such as Facebook and insurance company Anthem — which recently paid out $16 million over a 2015 data breach — popping up on the news nearly every week. Medical practices, though not necessarily large targets like major corporations, are often easier targets because of their abundance of rich personal and financial data available.

Read more: 5 Tips to Help Prevent HIPAA-Related Data Breaches

Author: David Marinelli

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has dramatically changed the data protection landscape for EU businesses and citizens when it came into effect on May 25, 2018. This new regulation has superseded the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998 and has strengthened data privacy in the EU. Personal data held by organisations on EU citizens is now subject to a strict compliance regime that gives these citizens control over their personal data, the justification for holding the data and the right to erasure or rectification of that data.

Read more: GDPR – Our Experience

On 22nd February 2018 mandatory data breach notification (Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme) obligations came into effect. This scheme, arising out of amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), requires organisations to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in data breach and recommend the steps they should take in response to the breach. Therefore, as individuals and business owners it is vital to ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities under this new scheme.

Read more: Understanding the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme