COVID-19 , General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , Governance & Risk Management

Pandemic Impact: How Will Data Breaches Evolve?

Security Expert Brian Honan Anticipates Repercussions From Shift to Remote Working
Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting

Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a spike in the number of reported data breaches? Not necessarily, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan. But he says that the rush to adopt cloud-based services and expanded remote services might change the types of breaches being reported.

Honan, CEO of Dublin-based BH Consulting, says it's important to make a clear distinction between more data breaches occurring and more data breaches that - thanks to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - are being reported to regulators and the public.

"What we are seeing is an increase in the number of reported breaches - not necessarily an increase in breaches," he says. "Breaches always happen and always have been."

In this in-depth video interview, Honan also discusses:

  • How the breach-reporting mentality in the EU continues to evolve;
  • The risks posed by the rush to adopt new cloud systems and remote access solutions;
  • Next steps for cybersecurity controls and incident response during the pandemic.

Honan, who heads BH Consulting in Dublin, founded Ireland's first computer emergency response team. He's also a cybersecurity adviser to Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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