Huge rise in reported data breaches

Reported data breaches to the Data Protection Commissioner rose by 350pc in 2010, following the introduction of a more stringent code of practice in the middle of last year.

Publishing his annual report earlier today, Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said last year had seen a “dramatic increase in the number and significance of organisations that have lost personal data”. The report shows 410 data security breach incidents from 123 organisations were reported to the DPC in 2010, up from 119 reports from 86 organisations in 2009.

“It can be assumed that the sudden increase reflects the more exacting demands placed on organisations by the code of practice rather than an increase in the absolute number of data breaches,” the report said. The figures show the level of reported breaches spiked after the code was introduced last July. At the press conference this morning, the DPC confirmed early signs suggest this year’s level of breaches will be similar to last year’s

Original article from Silicon Republic.

Protecting sensitive mobile data

41% of IT workers carry sensitive data on their gadgets.

Around 41pc of supposedly security-savvy IT professionals are walking around with sensitive information sitting on their mobile devices unprotected, new research reveals.

In fact, 19pc revealed that their organisation had suffered a data breachfollowing the loss of a portable device (ie, laptop, USB, CD), with 54pc confessing the device had not been encrypted – an offence under data protection laws, according to a study by Origin Storage.

With 70pc of organisations making data encryption mandatory, 11pc of those respondents carrying sensitive information unprotected are actually breaching their organisation’s data protection efforts while the other 30pc are simply following their organisations’ woefully inadequate example.

KEYSTONE COPS?

When digging a little deeper, the study, amongst IT security professionals at this year’s Infosecurity Europe show, uncovered 37pc of respondents who confessed that between 81pc and 100pc of all sensitive data stored on their device(s) was actually left unprotected – so not just one or two documents transferred in a hurry.

“When you consider the level of knowledge this audience is assumed to have, working in IT and having some form of security remit, yet the lax protection used for sensitive data, it’s hardly surprising data breaches are increasing in frequency and especially recently in size,” said Andy Cordial, Origin’s managing director.

Original article from Silicon Republic.

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