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

What GDPR recommends

Hacking or Malware

Malware Protection and Firewalls.

Unintended Disclosure

Email encryption.

Educate staff to prevent human error.

Be careful when using online storage.

Portable Devices

Encrypt the devices.

Install software allowing you to remotely lock and wipe portable devices.

Physical Loss

Keep hardware healthy and upgrade periodically.

Educate staff to prevent Human Error.


Access control protects from a malicious insider.

Access to business critical data is limited.

*Although Hacking or Malware accounts for only 57% of all data loss incidents – it accounts for 91% of all records lost overall.

Hacking and Malware protection is essential on any IT Network.

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