Data breach figures increase tenfold

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Data breach figures increase tenfold

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data breach figures have increased tenfold over the course of the past five years.  You can’t help but notice the amount of news stories highlighting data breaches that have significant ramifications.  It seems that of late there are more stories than ever before.

Back in 2007-2008 there were only 79 instances but in 2011-2012 there have been 821.  This is also due to the fact that people are actually reporting data breaches, whereas before they would often be left.   Changes in the law have meant that data rules, regulations and protection are of paramount importance.

If a business fails to protect data and it becomes a case for the ICO they could face a fine of up to £500,000.  For many businesses that is a mistake that they can’t afford to take.

A statement from the ICO has claimed, “Over the years we have provided practical support and guidance to organisations across the UK and are pleased that the health service and government sectors are now expected to report serious breaches, involving sensitive or large volumes of personal data, to our office.”

This should act as a lesson to all who handle confidential information.  Do you have data protection and security in place? Do you know what to do should a data breach occur?

Here at DataSpace we have a wide variety of solutions to help you manage your data securely and effectively.  As a small business you can’t afford for a data breach to happen.  Follow the guidelines as set out by the ICO and utilise companies such as us to protect your data.

For more information on how we can help you why not call us today on 0800 028 8956?