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High percentage of data loss in public sector

Filed under: Information Risk and Security — Jonathan on November 29, 2011

Over a period of three years the public sector has clocked up 1,000 information security beaches through data loss. Big Brother Watch has carried out a study and discovered that across a total of 132 local authorities there have been 1035 instances of data loss since 2008. Of those occurrences there were 35 that related to data stored about children as well as information about youngsters in care.

In addition to the data loss there has been a staggering amount of IT equipment lost. This includes 244 PCs and laptops, 93 mobile devices and 98 USBs. The Information Commissioner’s Office was aware of 55 of the data loss incidents with just 9 nine job losses as a result.

The Chief Exec of Clearswift, Richard Turner commented:

“Today’s news highlighting yet more data breaches is concerning reading. The fact is that in today’s business environment, where an ever-increasing range of communication channels are in use, organisations must realise that in conjunction with security technology, their staff can be a powerful tool in safeguarding information and data. For data security policies to be truly effective, staff need to understand what security parameters are in place, and more importantly, why they are there.”

At Getronics, Tim Patrick-Smith stated:

“Unfortunately, I’m not surprised by the results of the report. At the moment, councils are still playing catch-up when it comes to having the right technology and processes in place given the huge rise in consumerisation within IT.”

Growing concern within the public sector has seen a need for better accreditation for IT security jobs. As risk management becomes increasingly important in the private and public sector the level of information risk management jobs is sure to rise.

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