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Stupid humans, you are the weakest link, at least according to the ICO


"Human error is the main cause of data breaches, according to statistics obtained from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.

Figures obtained by Egress Software Technologies via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request found that human error accounted for almost two-thirds (62%) of the incidents reported to the ICO – far outstripping other causes, such as insecure web pages and hacking, standing at 9% combined.

The most common type of beach occurred as a result of someone sending data to the wrong person. Data posted or faxed to the wrong recipient accounted for 17% of data breaches, according to ICO information.

A further 17% of breaches came from loss and theft of paperwork, while in 9% of cases, data was emailed to the wrong recipient.

The ICO also recorded several other types of data breach, including insecure disposal of hardware and paperwork, loss or theft of unencrypted devices, and failure to redact data.”


NCC Weekly News Update 7 June 2016 



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