Experts reveal majority of data breaches are completely avoidable - here's how; In today's digital world, your personal data is a valuable commodity.
Byline: Gemma Sherlock
Cybercrime and data breaches are now commonplace with both private and public sector organisations failing in their data protection duties.
All too often negligent business processes, human error and cybercrime mean this sensitive data isn't as protected as it should be.
A data breach can result in both financial and/or identity theft - and the result of either of these can be devastating.
Preventable human error, rather than cyber criminals, is behind the vast majority of cases according to Widnes based data breach and cyber security specialistHayes Connor Solicitors.
In a bid to reduce the number of data violations, the award winning firm is running its #notjusthackers campaign to raise awareness of the devastating effects that a data breach has on individuals by highlighting examples of some of the cases it runs.
One of Hayes Connor Solicitors' recent clients suffered a serious data breach when her solicitor left copies of confidential medical and service records on a train.
The effect on her has been devastating.
She now suffers with severe anxiety and is on medication following the data breach.
She became fearful of leaving her house and has subsequently been demoted as a result and has suffered a substantial pay cut in addition to the distress already caused.
Kingsley Hayes continued: "Putting measures in place to ensure that all the personal information held by an organisation remains adequately protected not only prevents significant psychological and financial harm to customers, members or users, but also promotes trust in a business and enhances its reputation.
"Organisations need to have a full audit of the personal information held, where it has come from and how it will be used.
"The flow of information, consent for holding and processing that information and identifying whether it can have, and use, this data lawfully are just some of the measures that need to be considered."
SMEs in the private, public and third sectors can check their compliance with data protection ruleshere.
For more information on the Hayes Connor Solicitors #notjusthackers campaign visit the websitehere.
Cybercrime and data breaches are now commonplace