TalkTalk: a crucial time to focus on risk management

25 Nov 2016

The TalkTalk data breach has highlighted important issues in time for the forthcoming 2018 data protection regulations, according to a recent article in Post.

Communications firm TalkTalk was the victim of a major hack and data leak, with the personal details of a large number of customers stolen in October last year.  BLM partner and head of technology, media and telecoms Tim Smith, commented on the issue in The Guardian at the time of the breach: “These types of attacks are becoming increasingly common in the UK and it is not at all unusual to find that hackers use an initial DDoS to distract a business’s IT team and then follow up with a second attack trying to steal information. This underlines how at risk businesses are and how important it is to take all precautionary measures to protect customer data.”

The Information Commissioner’s Office found that TalkTalk had failed to carry out ‘basic’ security measures which led to the incident.

Nick Gibbons, cyber partner at BLM, commented in Post: "The ICO's decision notwithstanding TalkTalk's co-operation with the investigation, highlights an increasingly tough attitude by the ICO ahead of the new general data protection regulation in 2018. All businesses, both large and small, should take note of this stronger approach, and make efforts to improve their security."

To read the article in full on the Post website, please click here.

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