From the Influencers 

This Month’s Key Quotes from Leaders in Cybersecurity

“GDPR hasn’t improved data protection to the extent many in the industry had hoped. With the number of breaches being reported dramatically increasing, it's clear the threat of fines and a potential hit to their reputation is only having a small impact on how seriously businesses take their cybersecurity.”

Jason Hart, cybersecurity evangelist at Thales, comments on the state of data protection in the UK, one year after GDPR came into effect

“Today, consumers can be broken into two groups – those who know they have been hacked, and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked. The latest announcement that more people were impacted by the TalkTalk breach is going to have an enormous impact on those affected, from identity theft to financial compromise, the list is endless.”

Anjola Adeniyi, technical leader at Securonix, on the news that TalkTalk failed to inform 4,500 people that their data had been compromised in 2015

“The onus must be taken away from the individual to pick out the risky content or activity that detection-based security solutions have let slip through. Businesses must look to new solutions that completely prevent attacks from entering their network and let their employees focus on their day-job.”

Dan Turner, CEO at Deep Secure, comments on the news that UK cyberattacks have climbed 140% in 2018

“The private data that will be collected here has the potential to be misused in a variety of ways that are reminiscent of the Fitbit data breach that took place a few years ago. This device, like so many others, is intended to benefit the user. However, data privacy and security play a major role here. This device should be classified as a medical device so it falls under the same ruleset for data protection standards.”

Boris Cipot, senior security engineer at Synopsys, comments on Comcast’s plans to develop a healthcare device that will use sensors to monitor the health and habits of users

“With data breaches being at an all-time high, organisations need an extra push to get their ducks in a row. The lack of monetary penalties is only going to discourage those companies that are making all the internal changes required to comply with GDPR laws while others are having their cake and eating it too.”

Jake Moore, cyber security specialist at ESET, comments on the news that only one out of 395 data breach investigations has resulted in a fine