Moves by the Information Commissioner to fine thosecompanies that fail to keep data secure have been seen as a positive attempt tofrighten firms out of complacency.
A potential fine of half a million pounds for data breaches couldcome into force from early April in a move designed to stem the flow of highprofile cases of information being lost or leaked.
Ever since the HMRC lost a couple of disks containing thepersonal information of 25m Britons the cases of lost data have come asregularly as buses with most government departments and a few large retailershelping further the trend.
Chris Mayers, chief security architect at Citrix, said thatcompanies needed to be aware that a data breach did not have to be the resultof deliberate action but sloppyness would also trigger a fine.
“Reckless disregard through poor corporate governance, failureto carry out a risk assessment, or lack of a compliance regime, are allaggravating factors,” he said.
He said that the opportunity for the channel would be aroundmeeting the varied demands customers will have to secure data because “one sizedoes not fit all”.