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Global companies hit with fines following serious data breaches

A raft of companies from around the world are being penalised for poor data security compliance.


UK companies are in danger of slipping into serious compliance breaches if they don't have their GDPR plans in place by May 2018.

The law is already in place, but companies have a grace period to enact their own policies. Failure to comply… more on page 8.

Online travel agent
breaches DPA

Think W3 Limited, an online travel services company, has been served a £150,000 monetary penalty after a serious breach of the DPA revealed thousands of people’s details to a malicious hacker.

Sony $8m breach settlement underlines need to secure personal data

Sony will pay up to $10,000 to each claimant for identity theft losses and up to $1,000 each to cover the cost of credit-fraud protection services in connection with a cyber attack on the firm in 2014.

Staysure.co.uk fined
£175k for data hack

An online holiday insurance company has been fined £175,000 by the ICO after IT security failings let hackers access customer records. More than 5,000 customers had their credit cards used by fraudsters after the attack on Staysure.co.uk.

Attackers potentially had access to over 100,000 live credit card details, as well as customers’ medical details. Credit card CVV numbers, the security number on the signature strips of the cards, were also accessible despite industry rules that they should not be stored at all.

Morrisons' employees sue over insider data leak.

Thousands of Morrisons' employees are to sue the supermarket giant in what is believed to be the UK’s biggest ever claim in relation to a breach of data security.

Although awareness of the information security risks posed by compromised or disgruntled insiders is rising, few organisations are taking adequate steps to detect and shut down insider attacks.

Security & Compliance in action:

Financial Services - Change Auditor/InTrust Retail bank improves IT security and compliance

"Together, ChangeAuditor and InTrust satisfy the needs of our auditors and management in full."

Business need

Driven partly by the need for compliance with global and industry regulations and standards, Platinum Bank needed to improve security by implementing Windows (AD and Exchange) auditing and event log management.


With ChangeAuditor for Active Directory, ChangeAuditor for Exchange and InTrust, Platinum Bank can now keep abreast of changes to Microsoft® Active Directory® and Exchange in real time, so issues can be quickly identified and resolved.

  • Enhanced security, protecting the bank’s reputation
  • Dramatically reduced time to resolve Exchange and AD change related issues-from multiple days to a few hours
  • Minimized system downtime, maintaining employee productivity
  • Ensured compliance with industry standards and government regulations
Public Sector - Defender Work-life realignment for local authority staff

"Evaluating all the solutions took around three months, not counting the preselection. After that, we were certain that we'd made the right decision in choosing Quest Defender."

Business need

The City of Frankfurt wanted to introduce greater workplace flexibility through homeworking to help employees find the right balance between work and their private lives.


The authority deployed two-factor authentication software Quest Defender, giving staff secure access to data from outside the office.

  • Guaranteed data security thanks to two-factor authentication
  • Better work-life balance with flexible working for staff
  • Outstanding scalability with lower cost per user
  • Tight integration with identity management system
  • Access to data and user identification while on the move
Retail - Active Roles International retailer, JYSK, eliminates AD issues with Active Roles

"Before we implemented Quest Security Active Roles, our Active Directory management was quite chaotic. Access rights were not under control."

Business need

To streamline and gain control of a complex Active Directory infrastructure that included an unruly number of domain admins, unstandardized naming conventions, and encompasses 10,000 users in 1,000 retail shops, located in 19 countries.


JYSK implemented Quest Active Roles into its Active Directory (AD) environment, which immediately paid off by delivering enhanced management, tighter controls – and facilitated approval workflows that ensured requested changes are necessary and that all required parties sign off on them. Plus, it reduced domain-admin access by more than 90 per cent.

  • Reduced call volume to service centre
  • Accelerated change-management capabilities
  • Delivered the ability for a fourperson staff to more easily manage a 450-server environment
  • Eliminated haphazard overprovisioning of access rights
Enterprise - Change Auditor Ukrainian investment company ensures compliance while slashing IT workload

"Implementation of Change Auditor enabled us to cut the time spent investigating information security incidents related to unauthorized access to data located in our corporate information systems in half."

Business need

To move to a risk-oriented information management model and ensure regulatory compliance, Dragon Capital needed better visibility into user access rights changes in real time. The company also wanted to reduce IT workload by streamlining security investigations of critical changes, such as modifications of system configuration or user access rights.


With Quest Change Auditor, Dragon Capital is able to audit changes to user access permissions and easily meet its compliance requirements. The solution issues alerts about critical changes in real time and enables the IS team to investigate and resolve incidents in minutes rather than hours or days.

  • Moves the company to a risk-oriented management model
  • Slashes time to investigate and resolve incidents from hours or days to just minutes
  • Saves the IT department 10 percent of its budget
  • Ensures regulatory compliance and follows industry best practices

Reporting, auditing and security for AD, Exchange, Office 365 and more.

Bolster the security of your Windows server environment. Quest security and compliance automated solutions provide real-time visibility into administrator and user activities, plus report on server configurations and user permissions. Ensure compliance with HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA, GDPR and more with audit-ready reports.

Supported platforms include:

  • Active Directory® (AD)
  • SQL Server®
  • Exchange®
  • Office 365®
  • Windows Server® and NAS filers®
  • Unix/Linux®

Complement your governance, risk and compliance initiatives with solutions that help you achieve and prove compliance, and streamline administration for complex, growing environments.

Any questions?

Speak to the team at Quest to establish the needs of your security conscious customers.

Call: 0845 838 2080

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  • Sales Cycle 3-6 months
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