Managing cyber security risks in the telecommunications sector

Cyber security remains in the public eye with multiple incidents and vulnerabilities reported affecting telecoms companies. Telecoms companies need to continue to focus on the risks and consider updating their pro-active defence and cyber security response plans to reflect the increased legal, operational, technical and regulatory risks they are facing.

The evolution of the cyber threat has not escaped the attention of governments around the world. In 2018 the Network and Information Security Directive (NISD) as well as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented in the EU. The NISD, which is due to be implemented by May, will require operators of core “digital infrastructure” and certain “digital service providers” to ensure that their network and information systems meet minimum standards of cyber security. Continue reading

Extending the long arm of the law – Extra-territoriality and the GDPR

We are living in an increasingly inter-connected digital society where the services of many organisations are global in nature, and yet internet activities are still being tackled by national laws and regulations. The online world does not respect physical or geographical boundaries, often giving rise to the question of which law is applicable in the case of online activities. In the data protection and privacy space, the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) seeks to tackle this online transnational data and privacy issue through its extra-territorial application.

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