A recent report from the Information Commissioner’s Office has shown a drop in the number of data security incidents reported between January and March 2020. The number of incidents was 2,626 compared to the 3,263 reported between January and March 2019.
Does this mean that the number of data security incidents has fallen and organisations are keeping personal data secure? Unfortunately not, the above figures are based on the data breach reports received by the ICO and NOT necessarily the number of data breaches that occur. Organisations only have to make a report to the ICO if considering the likelihood and severity of the risk to people’s rights and freedoms. Further, organisations that do need to notify the ICO are only required to notify them within 72 hours of learning of a data breach, but most companies do not became aware of a breach straight away as it can take a third party notifying them several days, weeks or even months later before they have even realised there is a problem.
Whilst the number of data breaches reported to the ICO has decreased, the number of other cyber incidents reported has increased, ransomware attacked have increased 28% from 2019, hardware and software misconfigurations have increased by 85%.
How we can help
If you have unfortunately suffered a data breach has it been reported to the ICO? If you want to discuss any data breach incident further, please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialist team to see if you maybe entitled to compensation.