Compliance Institute was featured in media coverage in the Irish Examiner in print today (see below).
Number of vehicle thefts increasing (Irish Examiner)
Michael Kavanagh is CEO of the Compliance Institute. He says that the growing sophistication of fraudsters mean scams have become harder to spot, and therefore easier to fall for.
"Fraudsters are also able to use technology to identify and target people as well as to extract the Information they need to rob someone. Hackers and cyber criminals are continuously improving their practices, constantly finding new ways of stealing material and outsmarting even the most advanced of information security systems.”
Earlier this year, the Compliance Institute conducted a survey which revealed that one in every two people are targeted with spam calls or texts at least every month, with one in four people saying that they got at least one spam text every week.
That survey also found that just over a quarter of Irish people believe their personal data has been illegally shared or leaked. Personal information about people’s lives such as their financial data, employment details, medical history, as well confidential conversations can can and often are shared with unintended recipients as a result of hacking or scams.
Michael Kavanagh says that it’s important that people take ownership of their own data security. "Simple steps like ensuring that they have adequate security and anti-virus software on their PCs and laptops are crucial. Regular password changes, while they might be a nuisance are always very important.”