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Events, Threats, Incidents and Breaches

A trend I've seen is that executives and staff outside of the security and privacy space often refer to any event involving IT security as a "breach", not only is this incorrect, it's a dangerous word to be throwing around with some serious consequences. In this article, I'll be looking at four main terms, those of events, threats, incidents and breaches, as well as the differences between them and why a distinction is vitally important.
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How to create a Standard Operating Procedure

On a couple of occasions I've mentioned the importance of Standard Operating Procedures and how they can benefit both your business and your privacy exercises. In today's article, I'm going to show you just how easy it is to get started in mapping these out.
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Document Your Privacy Efforts

As a small business, it's easy to fall into the trap of not documenting your privacy related efforts and activities. We get caught up in the day-to-day running of things and documentation is really the last thing on our mind. It is, however, vital to your efforts - because if anything goes wrong, you'll need to show proof of what you have done to protect data.
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I wrote a book!

While I normally discuss matters of data protection and privacy, another topic I'm hugely passionate about is management - particularly new managers being promoted from specialist roles. When the same happened to me many years ago, it took a long time for me to learn the skills needed in order to effectively lead.
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FaceApp – is the Privacy outcry valid?

If you are like me, and you spend a fair amount of time on Facebook, you would have been inundated in the last couple of days with photos of your aged friends - courtesy of the FaceApp app once again going viral with a new filter. With equal voracity, it seems that...

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What exactly is Personal Information?

There are a number of obligations and principles in data protection law that, on the surface, appear to be very easy to comply with. However, when it comes to Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, you may inadvertently be in a risky position in terms of compliance with data protection regulation.
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Does GDPR Apply to You?

Most data protection laws like POPIA or GDPR refer to personal information or personal data as what needs to be protected. But what classifies as personal information according to the laws? I've put together a flow-chart to help you decide whether you have personal...

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New E-Mail Delivery Assurance Service!

As most of my readers will know, I specialise in Data Protection for small companies, predominantly in the IT, SaaS, and software development space. I host keynote talks on the topic to both corporates and the public, as well as providing executive and staff...

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