Top tips to avoid data breaches

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Greater Manchester Police have received a hefty fine after a data breach.  A memory stick containing very sensitive data about crimes and key witnesses has been stolen.  The breach occurred after a detectives house was broken into and the memory stick was taken.

Greater Manchester Police have received a fine of £120,000 by the ICO )Information Commissioner’s Office).  David Smith director of data protection at the ICO has said, “This was truly sensitive personal data, left in the hands of a burglar by poor data security.

“The consequences of this type of breach really do send a shiver down the spine.”

How to avoid data breaches

With all the data we store in both our places of work, and our homes, it is important that you take all necessary precautions to avoid a breach.  Here are some top tips to prevent and avoid data breaches:

  • Use a shredder to get rid of confidential information
  • Make sure you choose secure passwords
  • Change your passwords regularly
  • Only let those that need access have the relevant passwords
  • Avoid taking data home
  • Educate your staff on what they can and can’t do in terms of handling data
  • Invest in back-up software
  • Consult a data management specialist
  • Store important data using an archive management company
  • Should a data breach occur ensure you have a damage control plan in place

A data breach can be seriously damaging to your business.  It is vital that you do all you can to prevent them.  Why not contact us at DataSpace to find out how we can help you manage your data safely and effectively?

With archive management services, confidential destruction and our BrainLoop service you will find a variety of ways to manage your data and avoid data breaches.