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A lesson in data protection

18th December 2017

Organisations globally, including educational establishments, face fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover (or €20 million, whichever is greater) in the event of a data breach pertaining to the data of an EU citizen when the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) become enforceable on 25th May 2018.

Details of the new legislation were confirmed over 18 months ago now, but despite the advance notice and constant reminders, data breach stats show that businesses are a long way off being compliant.

1.9 billion records were compromised between January and June 2017 according to the Breach Level Index (BLI). Over three times more than January-June of the previous year, and already 38% higher than the whole of 2016.

Whilst breaches occur across all key sectors, some are being hit harder than others. Findings from the BLI show 50% of breaches came from just three sectors:
1. Healthcare 25%
2. Financial Services 13%
3. Education 13%

The average cost per lost/stolen record across all sectors is £113*, but costs vary significantly by sector and in fact the cost for breaches in the Education sector is considerably higher at £160* (according to H1 2017 Cost of Data Breach: Global Analysis).

In the UK the rising trend in data breaches in the Education sector can be clearly seen in the quarterly data breach statistics reported by the ICO.

Since April 2015, 14% of breaches in the Education sector in the UK have occurred due to the loss or theft of an unencrypted device and ICO statistics show that this type of incident is on the rise.

Education professionals can remedy this issue quickly and easily, by simply investing in (and using) hardware encrypted USB drives such as SafeToGo®.

SafeToGo is a cost-effective solution to ensuring sensitive data is kept secure whilst in transit. Millions and millions of USB drives are lost every year, most are unencrypted and pose a data breach threat. Lose a hardware encrypted USB drive and a data breach will be averted and only a security breach reported.

In addition to keeping sensitive data safe on the move, SafeToGo provides additional advantages to organisations as devices can be managed through SafeConsole™ giving administrators control over specific features such as remote kill, geofencing and geolocation of devices, full audit compliance.

Sources: H1 2017 Cost of Data Breach Global Study, Ponemon Institute. The 2017 H1 Breach Level Index by Gemalto. The ICO. Experian. *US$ to £ exchange rate as at 25 January 2017.

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