GDPR - How Companies Lose Data
December 11, 2017 | News
These statistics are taken from Privacy Right Clearinghouse and are the percentages of incidents of Data Loss.
Hacking or Malware – 57%*
Bad guys gaining unauthorised access to IT networks and stealing data to make money.
Unintended Disclosure – 22%
Accidental emails to the wrong people.
Using insecure cloud storage facilities can also lead to the wrong people seeing data.
Portable Devices – 10%
Portable devices are easily lost. Laptops and tablets can easily be left on trains and buses etc.
Physical Loss – 7%
Hardware failure and accidentally deleting files.
Other – 4%
Companies lose data in other ways including a malicious insider. This would be someone within the company purposely releasing or damaging company data.
GDPR law is designed to combat each of the ways that companies lose data.
Method of Data Loss
Hacking or Malware
Malware Protection and Firewalls.
Educate staff to prevent human error.
Be careful when using online storage.
Encrypt the devices.
Keep hardware healthy and upgrade periodically.
Access control protects from a malicious insider.