Better encryption would solve the problems caused by lost data.
According to BeCrypt, if the correct data encryption technology had been in place the likelihood of human error would have been significantly reduced.
Chief technology officer Marc Hocking said: “If security is too cumbersome people will find a workaround, so it needs to include built in checks to prevent people from making mistakes.
“Encryption technology is now available that is easy to roll out to all computers and data storage devices within an organisation, it can be centrally managed and it is transparent to the end user, so it does not affect their ability to do their job.”
With three separate reports published in the past three months about data handing in the Government and Public Sector space, all call for a culture change to one where personal data is treated with the utmost respect.
Another common theme across all reports is that end users, such as the staff, must be given clear guidance, including regular training, on the treatment and handling of data and that data security measures must be quantifiable, transparent, and easily open to scrutiny. “For instance, if personal finance information appears on eBay, no matter where it came from and how it got there, individuals may still be exposed to the risk of identity theft. Furthermore, the organisation that lost the data in the first place can be subject to large fines and bad publicity.”
Marc Hocking concluded: “Public sector bodies are now required by law to follow data handling best practice when dealing with personally identifiable data. Non public sector organisations need to think and act seriously about the legal requirements for protecting data. If data is lost from either public or private sector its impact can be equally disruptive and distressing.
“For instance, if personal finance information appears on eBay, no matter where it came from and how it got there, individuals may still be exposed to the risk of identity theft. Furthermore, the organisation that lost the data in the first place can be subject to large fines and bad publicity.”