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Data Protection Regulation – now there are three

After more than three years of discussion, all three components of the European law making process have now produced their proposed texts for a General Data Protection Regulation should look like. The Council of Ministers’ version published last week adds to the Commission’s 2012 original and the Parliament text (unofficial consolidated version) agreed last March. […]

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Data Protection: picking the right justification

There’s no doubt that some parts of the UK Data Protection Act and the EU Data Protection Directive are badly out of date and need revising. The world they were drafted for in the early 1990s has changed. One area that has worn much better is the six justifications for processing personal data: those still […]

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Europe’s Data Protection Proposal

Last week the European Commission published their proposed new Data Protection legislation. This will now be discussed and probably amended by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers before it becomes law, a process that most commentators expect to take at least two years. There’s a lot in the proposal so this post will just […]

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Crisis Communications for Incident Response

Scott Roberts of Github gave an excellent talk on Crisis Communications for Incident Response. If you only follow up one talk from the FIRST conference, make it this one: the slides and blog post are both well worth the time. So this post is just the personal five point plan that I hope I’ll remember […]

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The Human Side of Vulnerability Handling

Thanks to recent work, particularly by the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre, the processes that result in successful discovery and reporting of software vulnerabilities are reasonably well understood. For those processes to work, though, potentially tricky human interactions need to be negotiated: discoverers don’t know whether they will be regarded as helpers, criminals or sources […]

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Protecting privacy through incident response

At the FIRST conference this week I presented ideas on how effective incident response protects privacy. Indeed, since most common malware infects end user devices and hides itself, an external response team may be the only way the owner can learn that their private information is being read and copied by others. The information sources […]

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The Judgment of Delfi

In Ancient Greece the oracle at Delphi was notorious for speaking in riddles. The European Human Rights Court’s judgement in Delfi v Estonia is similarly puzzling. Back in 2006 an anonymous reader made a comment on a newspaper website; six weeks later the comment was removed following a claim that it was defamatory. In 2008 […]

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Efficient incident detection

An interesting theme developing at this week’s FIRST conference is how we can make incident detection and response more efficient, making the best use of scarce human analysts. With lots of technologies able to generate alerts it’s tempting to turn on all the options, thereby drowning analysts in false positives and alerts of minor incidents: […]

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Detecting Incidents in DNS Resolver Logs

Domain Name Service resolvers are an important source of information about incidents, but using their logs is challenging. A talk at the FIRST conference discussed how one large organisation is trying to achieve this. DNS resolvers are used legitimately every time a computer needs to convert from human-friendly names (such as www.google.com) to machine friendly […]

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Extremism Guidance for Universities and Colleges

The Government has published its proposed guidance to universities, colleges and other specified authorities on what they will be expected to do to satisfy their duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This guidance may not become law […]