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Data Encryption: NHS Worst UK Data Breach Offender

ICO deputy commissioner David Smith pointed at the National Health Service (NHS) as being the worst when it comes to data breaches.  It shouldn't come as a surprise.  I've read and covered more than my share of UK breaches related to medical facilities than I'd like to admit, and often commented that the use of laptop encryption software like AlertBoot would have been ideal.

30 Breaches Per Month

The deputy commissioner noted that the NHS had 960 data breaches in a little over two years, which "works out round about 30 a month."  He also noted that, while the numbers have dipped just slightly, it's still problematic in the sense that the NHS has been pretty consistent year in, year out.

Makes sense.  When you're batting 0.170 on average, a "jump" to 0.180 that lasts one season would be attributed to luck, and not as a sign of improvement.

Incidentally, the above figures mean that the NHS is responsible for approximately one-third of all data breaches reported in the UK.  Since reporting such breaches is still voluntary, those figures could change drastically:

Smith admitted there were plans to force an audit on the NHS to get the real picture on both the number of data losses and where they are going wrong, but he felt all organisations needed to buck up when it came to training and awareness around data protection issues. [itpro.co.uk]

It's not necessarily something I would want to do.  It reminds me of my spring sophomore year in college, when I decided to clean out my dorm room, even the hard-to-reach places: once I saw how bad it was, I called it a day and only cleaned the "visible stuff" from then on.  It rocks to be a guy.

Obviously the government can't be caught engaging in such actions.

Data Breach Notification Law Coming Soon to the UK

The deputy commissioner also noted that a data breach notification law will be in place within 18 months.  While it will be strictly for telcos initially, "there's no logical reason to confine it to them."

If this is true, and assuming that the UK sees similar activity to what the US saw after states started passing their own breach notification laws, one can expect an upsurge in companies using encryption software.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/9049/infosecurity-europe-2010-nhs-responsible-for-a-third-of-data-breaches-says-ico-/
http://www.itpro.co.uk/622768/nhs-responsible-for-third-of-data-breaches
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-management/2010/04/27/data-breach-notification-law-coming-says-watchdog-40088780/

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.