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FAST IiS has launched a new special interest group with the remit to deliver expert knowledge of data management products and services to its members, as well as the wider IT and business user audience in general.

This announcement comes as the Get Safe Online group, which is backed by police, government and banks, claims that ID theft is a serious problem because of an international trade in stolen identities and data. The details packaged and sold online include names, addresses, passport numbers and confidential financial data such as credit card numbers.

"An organisation's data is often its most important asset and yet they rarely have adequate visibility or control of that data," said John Lovelock, Chief Executive, FAST IiS. "According to a recent report* by KPMG 1,034 data breaches were reported between 2005 and June 2008, with 280 million people losing personal details!" "We have therefore launched this special interest group--to stand alongside expert groups we already have established in areas such as IT Asset Management and Legal to provide not only an industry forum for vendors in this market but also to educate the market as a whole in this potentially damaging liability," he added. "Especially given the fact that according to KPMG over 50% of data breaches come from internal sources!"

The Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) special interest group will tackle a wide range of today's data-related issues, as well as those that arise in the future. Topical problems currently include data protection, content security, policy management, content management, records management, industry standards and increasing compliance issues.

The special interest group will provide regular documented advice as well as host workshop events across the UK. Details of these will be published on the FAST IiS website.

www.fastiis.org.
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Title Annotation:Security News and Products
Publication:Database and Network Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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