08.11.2017

Data security incidents – fines issued by ICO

Data security incidents – fines issued by ICO

In the first Quarter of 2017 ICO fined Construction Materials Online Ltd £55,000; Basildon Borough Council £150,000; Greater Manchester Police £150,000; Gloucester City Council £100,000 and Boomerang Video Ltd £60,000. Also ICO have checked if Northern HSC Trust, London Borough of Ealing and Royal Bank of Scotland were completing their agreed actions. ICO received 697 new data protection cases which had a 3% increase from Q4 2016/17 and 28% increase from on Q1 2015/16.

In email related breaches there has been 46% increase. Also there was additional 27% increase email sent to wrong person after 20% increase in Q4 2016/17. After a 9% increase in Q4 of people failing to bcc when sending mass emails, there was a further increase of 19% Q3 2017. In 2016 Q4 there has been a 10% decrease in loss or theft of paperwork. Overall it has increased by 20% in loss or theft of paperwork.

There has been 16% of cyber incidents were classed as Malware which is to disrupt or gain unauthorised access to a system. Also 14% of cyber incidents were classed as Ransomware which normally locks a system, often encrypting data and demands a ransom payment to restore access.

The number of incidents for education sector has risen by 8% while local government sector has 17% decreased. The health sector has increased by 11% in Q1 2017.

ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/Data-security-incident-trends

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