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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 10

10 April 2020. Published by Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Senior Associate and Rachel Ford, Partner

Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

NCSC responds to COVID-19 related cyber attacks 

Experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit COVID-19. The NCSC has issued a warning in response to this, urging organisations to protect themselves online. 

To read the warning from the NCSC, please click here. To read the guidance, please click here.

Regulators issue guidance on data protection issues following COVID-19

The ICO has issued guidance on the collection and sharing of personal data for COVID-19 related purposes, and security measures that should be put in place where employees are working from home. The guidance helpfully confirms that the ICO will not penalise organisations that need to prioritise other areas or adapt their usual approach during this extraordinary period.

For the EDPB statement, please click here

FCA shares industry insight into ever-evolving cyber risk

Readers may be aware of the Cyber Coordination Groups (CCGs) set up by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which share knowledge of common experiences and discuss best practices in the cyber security sector. 

For the full article, please click here

Research finds nearly 50% of UK businesses have basic skills gap

A government report has identified that 48% of UK businesses have a basic skills gap when it comes to cyber security, primarily around configuring firewalls and the storing and transferring of personal data. The report further highlights that cyber professionals are not confident in performing basic tasks backed by the government's Cyber Essentials scheme.

For the full report, click here.