In December 2020 the European Commission published a proposal to repeal the current NIS Directive (European Directive on Network and Information Systems) and to replace it with a new Directive: the so-called NIS-2 Directive. This post will give an update on the status of negotiations of NIS-2, and will outline the aspects we already know and don’t know about the upcoming Directive’s final form.
Privacy Focus Group: A question requires an answer – DPO Connect
27 september 2021 – Cyber Security Coalition
A question requires an answer – DPO Connect
During the last Privacy Focus Group meeting, participating DPOs expressed a strong wish for an improved responsiveness of the DPA. In particular, shorter delays in answering questions would improve the effectiveness of the DPA, in line with the expressed intention as a source of information in the strategic plan of the DPA. Also, it must be possible to react faster to notifications to the DPA, or to questions addressed to the DPA relating to litigation or other procedures at hand. Of course, the Corona-pandemic resulted in more delays, but response times have been stretching in all kinds of communication with the DPA. Answers are important because organizations do want to know whether or not ‘they are crossing lines’. A strengthening of the knowledge centre operation with additional experts would be an obvious and fast help to improve the responsiveness of the DPA.
In response to the need of workable information/advice/answers on specific questions, the professional association of DPOs – DPOpro – initiated a complementary source of information: DPO Connect. It is designed as an additional platform linking DPO’s and the DPA. DPO Connect will be a place where DPOs can ask questions, with answers being provided by experts of the VUB of Brussels. The DPA will provide validation of answers to (a selection of) questions. In addition, the platform endeavours to provide a forum, where DPO’s can meet and exchange experiences, as well as find news, FAQs, a library and more (including a solid and tested search function).
DPO Connect is up and running, and can be found at dpoconnect.be (attention: .be, not .com).
Ransomware – today’s universal cyberworry – is but one aspect of a crime: cyber extortion. Orange Cyberdefense provides some insights into this scourge, based on its ‘Security Navigator 2022’-report.
The Cyber Security Coalition and top cybersecurity trainer SANS Institute joined forces to provide specially needed insights and recommendations on successful cloud security, as well as how to handle cyber security in these times of war.
It is easy to drown in the sea of dire warnings about the danger of AI, in particular to our privacy. The main point is that AI in good trust is possible, but requires solid, long term and well-structured approaches. This session of the Privacy focus group offers some crucial insights and welcome examples.
On computer security day we pay tribute to Ada Lovelace, the forgotten mother of the computer. Often described as the first computer programmer — before computers were even invented — Ada was a real visionary. Imagine what she might have achieved had Babbage actually built his “computer” and she hadn’t died at the age of 36.