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A public naming and shaming from a data protection authority can be far more damaging than any fine levied, triggering a crash consumer trust in an organisation and on its profitability, according to a leading data protection lawyer.
Businesses have been sent a warning that the Information Commissioner's Office will come down hard on any firm which fails to look after sensitive information - no matter what size - following a fine slapped on a private nursing home with only 41 residents.
No wonder IT chiefs look so miserable these days - it appears they are carrying a heavy burden with nearly two-thirds bracing themselves for a serious data breach in the next year, if they do not manage to convince the board to upgrade legacy security systems in time.
City of London police investigating the suspected insider data breach at accountacy software giant Sage have arrested a 32-year-old woman understood to be an employee of the company in connection with incident.
The days when companies could try to hush up a data breach will come to an end once the EU General Data Protection Regulation - or its UK equivalent - comes into force, with huge fines being threatened for non-reporting.
Companies are leaving themselves wide open to cyber attacks due to a lack of understanding of how to combat staff negligence, with training alone not sufficient to change employee behaviour.

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When Barclays Bank’s Information Policy and Business Controls team scooped the Grand Prix at the DataIQ Talent Awards 2016, it came as a surprise to some. Despite its work picking up three category awards, it is fair to say that most of what the team does is not highly visibile to those outside the bank.
One of the most common observations made to me during interviews about data and privacy is that the genie is out of the bottle. What that implies is that the combination of pervasive digital technology plus the widespread adoption of services like search and social networks equals an acceptance by us all that utility is more important than privacy.
The EU approves 80 directives, 1,200 regulations, and 700 directions each year, on average, while in the UK, an average of 3,000 statutory instruments - the country’s primary method of making laws - are introduced in the same timeframe.
Industries, as well as individuals, must abide by a wealth of various laws, rules and regulations designed for a multitude of different reasons. Whether imposed by governments, regulators or by businesses...
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With social engineering now a bigger threat to businesses than hacking, spamming or DDOS attacks, how can businesses safeguard themselves from falling foul of cyberattacks? UK firms lost £18 billion in revenue from cyberattacks in 2015 alone and 90% of major businesses experienced a security breach in the past year. Digital threats are becoming more and more of a challenge for companies and their clients.