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Health sector accounts for 43 percent of all UK data breaches, according to ICO data

Egress Software Technologies, a leading provider of data security services, has revealed that the UK health sector suffered a disproportionate number of data breach incidents between January 2014 and December 2016. In total, healthcare organisations suffered 2,447 incidents and accounted for 43 percent of all reported incidents in the time period. By comparison, the second highest was local government, with ... Read More »

Cybersecurity as an IT problem is a thing of the past

Andy Thomas,
CSID Europe

The last quarter of 2015 witnessed a series of high profile data breaches which may prove to be a tipping point in public attitudes towards data security. The TalkTalk hack, in particular, defines the new risk normal for 21st century business. Estimates put the cost to the company at £60 million and between 100,000 and 250,000 lost customers[1]. By chance, ... Read More »

Carphone Warehouse hacked, 2.4 million customers could be affected

In today’s news: The Carphone Warehouse has suffered a data breach which may have compromised the personal details of over 2 million customers. The investigation continues and Dixons Carphone has upped its security measures in response. More IT Security News at @IT_SecGuru Read More »

Information Commissioner’s Office Needs Greater Powers to Deal with True Scale of Data Breaches, Research Shows

Breaches of the Data Protection Act reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office are only a tiny fraction of the true number of such incidents happening across the UK, according to a series of Freedom of Information requests from security and communications specialist ViaSat UK. While 1,089 breaches were reported to the ICO between March 2014 and March 2015 (1), police ... Read More »

ICO Figures Show Retail Sector Consistently Fails to Protect Customer Data

Auriga Consulting Ltd (Auriga), the expert data, ICT and security consultancy, today revealed that more than 500 complaints and concerns were raised over potential data breaches in the retail sector over the course of the past year. Of these, 312 cases classified as generic breaches of which 156 were classed as breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) (from April ... Read More »

South Wales Police fined £160k for sexual abuse case data breach

The South Wales Police force has been fined £160,000 after losing video interviews with a sexual abuse victim. The fine has been imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after unencrypted DVDs of interviews were left in a desk drawer. View full story   Read More »

Five years of ICO enforcement – is the UK a more secure place?

Today marks five years since the UK data protection regulator went from being the toothless tiger to having the power to issue a financial penalty against those responsible for data loss.   According to its guidance, the Commissioner may impose a monetary penalty notice if a data controller has seriously contravened the Data Protection Act, or if any person has ... Read More »

ICO’s move to enforce rather than fine welcomed

The enforcement activities of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have increased over the past three years with a marked shift away from headline grabbing financial penalties in favour of more subtle and sophisticated enforcement tools. According to PwC’s Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracker, the number of enforcement notices have quadrupled in the last two years alone while the number of ... Read More »

ICO given power to audit NHS authorities

The Information Commissioner’s Office has the right to force NHS authorities to be audited for compliance with the Data Protection Act. Enforced as of yesterday (1st February), the ICO welcomed the legal change that will give the office the ability to subject public healthcare organisations to a compulsory audit which previously only applied to central Government departments. In August 2014, ... Read More »

ICO says Scouts investigation is unlikely

The Information Commissioner’s Office has said that it has no plans to investigate the issue regarding a reportedly unsecure database of personal details of members of the Scouts.   According to The Register, the Scout Association’s database holds the contact details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults, and a Scout leader contacted The Register to express concerns that the Compass ... Read More »