back to article Slapdash staff blamed for third of UK's data leak balls-ups

Careless workers and sloppy contractors caused more than a third of biz data breaches last year, proving that crap staff pose the biggest risk to organisations. An annual study of data cock-ups found that the average cost of a breach in the UK decreased from £1.9 million in 2010 to £1.75 million in 2011. Improved security to …

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"It’s not just direct costs – such as fines from The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – that need to be considered, although these help to drive the business case for preventative measures, but also indirect costs such as brand impact and disappointed customers leaving the brand."

What fines from the Information Commissioner's Office? Does this ever actually happen unless it's a council that's suffered the leak??

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Ponemon Centre?

Is it just me who read that as "Pokemon Centre" initially?

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Re: Ponemon Centre?

It's a cross between My Little Pony (*vomits*) and Pokémon.

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Symantecs answer.

Install all our software, then all your machines will run so bloody slow, hackers will simply give up waiting.

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Are you surprised?

It really doesn't matter what systems you have in place, what policies or procedures: Users will always find ways to circumvent it and risk loosing data. No system is secure once a user gets their hands on it. All you can do is try to educate the user, but most just don't think and certainly don't care.

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translation:

"An annual study of data cock-ups found that the average cost of a breach in the UK decreased from £1.9 million in 2010 to £1.75 million in 2011. Improved security to defend against leaks and better readiness to cope with any problems that do occur are credited for the savings."

Translation: Outsourcing less and offering a leaflet and 0800 number to report identity theft.

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