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2016 data security cases continue to rise

12th September 2016

The Information Commissioner’s Office has reported a 22% increase in the number of data security cases received between April – June 2016 compared to the previous quarter, with a 20% increase in the reported loss of unencrypted USBs containing sensitive data.

The health sector continued to account for the most data security incidents, with 43% of cases. This is due to the combination of the NHS making it mandatory to report incidents, the size of the health sector, and the sensitivity of the data processed.
The second most prevalent sector for data security incidents was local government. Data security incidents increased by 44% in this sector compared with the previous quarter.

Data Security incidents by Sector


Data security incidents by type

The EUGDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018, imposing stringent data security requirements on all organisations that process or handle data of EU residents. Any organisation that fails to meet these requirements will be faced with fines of up to 4% of their annual global turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater.

Your organisation will likely be investigated by a supervisory authority (which will almost certainly be the ICO in the UK) and you will need to prove that your company took appropriate and comprehensive steps to prevent the breach.

Even though the UK voted to leave the EU, the EUGDPR will still be applicable to UK organisations. Until the Brexit negotiations and process are completed following the invocation of Article 50, UK organisations must fully comply with the EU’s laws. Furthermore, the ICO was at the forefront of the EUGDPR’s development, so it’s very likely that the current UK DPA will be updated to reflect the more rigorous requirements of the EUGDPR.

Cardwave recently launched an “Information Security Solutions Made Simple” guide packed full of information, resources and downloads to help inform your business’ security. Download today from




This guide also includes information about our SafeToGo hardware encrypted USB which is being used across all sectors in Europe, including healthcare, schools and government organisations to safeguard sensitive data.

Used in conjunction with SafeConsole (by Datalocker) can enable organisations to have full control and administration of their SafeToGo USB devices.

Find out more about SafeToGo on our website or contact us on 01380 738395 or email us at


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