Data protection and security is something that has been talked about a lot lately, especially with the roll-out of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming right around the corner in 2018.
Why is it important though? How does it matter to your company, business, or organisation?
It is important not to underestimate the impact that data security can have on an organisation.
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has just released its 2016 annual report, showing that 2,224 valid data security breaches were received. That number is down though from 2015 when 2,317 breaches were reported, but still very high and is expected to rise in 2018 with the introduction of the GDPR requirements.
Each of these reports is an example of time, money, and resources lost due to a breach in security and/or user privacy.
While businesses are the ones mainly targeted for breaches, it is important to remember that any organisation that deals with data is at risk. In its annual 2016 report, the ODPC discusses a breach that happened to a school. Students’ private data and sensitive information was inaccessible due to its files being encrypted in a ransomware attack by a third party.
Data security and privacy is essential to every organisation. In order to maximise your business or organisation’s success, be sure to have a system in place that covers how your data is protected and how to respond if anything bad ever does happen.
Don’t be one of the 2,224 breaches next year!
Contact Computerology and learn how we can help you keep your data safe and secure. We provide a range of data security services from backups to spyware protection and we can have you covered!
Read more about the annual report published by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner here.
Read more about the school affected by ransomware and what it is doing to ensure it does not happen again here.