Moves by the Information Commissioner to fine those companies that fail to keep data secure have been seen as a positive attempt to frighten firms out of complacency.
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A potential fine of half a million pounds for data breaches could come into force from early April in a move designed to stem the flow of high profile cases of information being lost or leaked.
Ever since the HMRC lost a couple of disks containing the personal information of 25m Britons the cases of lost data have come as regularly as buses with most government departments and a few large retailers helping further the trend.
Chris Mayers, chief security architect at Citrix, said that companies needed to be aware that a data breach did not have to be the result of deliberate action but sloppyness would also trigger a fine.
“Reckless disregard through poor corporate governance, failure to carry out a risk assessment, or lack of a compliance regime, are all aggravating factors,” he said.
He said that the opportunity for the channel would be around meeting the varied demands customers will have to secure data because “one size does not fit all”.