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Brexit and the GDPR

Brexit, GDPR & Data Protection

Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a cloud of questions has risen inquiring about issues ranging from the economy to culture. Since new laws and regulations have been passed for the European Union (EU), many are left confused as to what rules apply to them and which ones do not. An important regulation that cannot be forgotten is the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).


Lincolnshire County Council Hacking: What Can We Learn?

Hacking & Ransomware Attacks

Earlier this year, Lincolnshire County's IT was shut down for several days due to a ransomware attack. The attack penetrated multiple departments and put numerous individuals at risk, as their private information was infiltrated. The number and frequency of these attacks continues to increase leaving us to ponder what more could happen in future situations and what we can learn from this occurrence.


IT Implications of the Brexit Outcome

IT & Brexit

In a historic referendum on 23 June 2016, Britons voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU). The so-called Brexit promises independence, sovereignty, and flexibility in making decisions for the nation. It has been causing waves across the globe.

The historic decision has many economic, financial, and sociopolitical ramifications, but what is the potential impact on the tech industry and IT?"


5 Ways to Help Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Help Prevent Hacking & Ransomware

In an age of cloud storage, password key chains, and accounts linked to financial information, it is critical for businesses and individuals to safeguard their data. ESET reports as of April 2016 that ransomware makes up one quarter of all cyber-attacks in the UK, and that number is on the rise.


3 Tips to Prepare for the GDPR

GDPR & Data Protection

With the impending enforcement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming on 25 May 2018, now is the time to get ahead of the game and prepare your company for anticipated changes. Here are three main focal points to facilitate any necessary transitions to get your company on the fast track to success:


The United Kingdom's Data Protection Act - What You Should Know

UK Data Protection Act of 1998

Currently, the United Kingdom's Data Protection Act governs how personal information is processed and used by organisations and the government. The Data Protection Act is especially relevant to businesses that rely on IT software to store data and information.

Enacted in 1998, the Data Protection Act sought to improve data privacy standards and enable citizens to access and control their personal information. With the exception of national security or criminal concerns, all organisations that store any "identifiable" information, such as names, addresses, or emails, must follow the Data Protection Act and pursue the necessary measures to protect the data and security of users. According to the government's website, there are stronger legal protective measures and repercussions associated with more sensitive information, such as ethnicity, political beliefs, and health.


Cloud Computing on the Rise

Cloud Computing Software as a Service Technologies

Worth approximately £6 billion, the cloud-computing industry is gaining traction in an increasing number of UK-based organisations. Some 84% of UK organisations currently use cloud services as part of their IT strategy, which represents a near doubling of the 48% adoption rate in 2010.



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