Chartered Institute
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Cyber Security and Data Protection for Translators

Event report

Last 25th March CIOL Scottish Society proudly presented a webinar by James Bore titled “Cyber Security and Data Protection for Translators”.

James is a Chartered Security Professional and he kindly shared his expertise with the attendees. The event was very popular and sold out quickly.

The webinar covered how to improve security hygiene and what translators need to know to achieve this.

CIA doesn’t stand for Central Intelligence Agency when it comes to Cyber Security but its key values: Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

Confidentiality is the most important value but for translators, integrity is crucial, because they are switching between languages, and they should not distort the original message.

When using a shared drive, we are making information readily available and saving a copy would involve a confidentiality breach.

GPDR values are lawfulness, fairness, transparency, purpose limitation, data minimisation and accuracy.

Big companies must register with several regulators.

It is allowed to use data for other purposes, but clients need to be informed.

Translators are advised to not store or collect more data than necessary.

Companies could receive big fines that could lead to bankruptcy for storing data, especially if there are some integrity issues.

There are data controllers, processors and subjects. The controllers are the entities that decide how the data is used, for example, Facebook.

The data subject is any identifiable individual. The data processor could also be the data controller.

People that work with data must register as a controller with a regulator.

James also shared some useful tips, about how the Cloud is very useful and secure to store data, that modern computers can encrypt the hard drive but, in that case, it is necessary to have backup strategies in place because that data can’t be recovered. If someone steals a laptop with encrypted data, they won’t be able to read it.

Dropbox is another very useful tool and antiviruses are necessary.

Everything on our computers should be password protected, to strengthen them it is good to mix numbers, symbols and lower-case letters.  The passwords should be only changed when the computer has been compromised.

Free antiviruses are good, especially the Microsoft Defender. Microsoft is very experienced at developing antiviruses. It is necessary to make sure that the antivirus is updated and switched on.

For users that have another antivirus apart from Microsoft Defender, they must turn it off because having two switched on at the same time could slow the computer down.

Looking at the unique needs for translators around protecting their own business and their customers, this will cover basics of how to secure and protect information. Cyber security often uses a model called the CIA triad, and we will be examining each of the pillars to look at practical steps to security for sole traders and small businesses, and the common risks that affect them.

James Bore is a Chartered Security Professional specialising in the security needs of small businesses and individuals. He has worked in the cyber security field since before it was known as cyber security, across a diverse range of industries, and has taken over the family consultancy to continue doing so into the future.

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March 25th, 2022 4:00 PM   to   6:00 PM
Online event (Zoom)
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Category Scottish Society
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