Sensitive information breaches revealed

Posted On 04 Apr 2014
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A series of Freedom of Information requests from security and communications specialist ViaSat have revealed that, whilst the number of reported data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has remained relatively stable, the amount of monetary penalties issued by the body has more than halved. At the same time, analysis of the theft of computing and communications equipment reported to police forces across the UK shows that, especially in cases of burglary and pick pocketing, devices that could contain sensitive or personal data form a significant proportion of items taken. While there were 1,150 self-reported data breaches between March 8th, 2012 and March 8th, 2013 there were 1,274 between March 1st, 2013 and February 28th, 2014: an increase of only 11 per cent. In the same period, the number and size of monetary penalties imposed for self-reported breaches fell significantly: from 20 penalties totalling

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.