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EU Data Protection Day spreads security awareness

PGP (GB) : 28 January, 2009  (Technical Article)
In view of recent large scale data losses, EU Data Protection Day is a good start but not enough according to PGP
Wednesday 28th January 2009 will be the third annual EU Data Protection Day, an occasion for European citizens to understand how and why their personal data is collected and processed, and also to encourage organisations to think about the data that they hold and the current protection that is in place.


This event comes in the same week that the UK Government announced the introduction of another super database - ContactPoint, and Monster.com was reported to have had 4.5 million users' details stolen from its recruitment site.


Jamie Cowper, Director of Marketing EMEA at data protection expert PGP Corporation**, has made the following comments:


"While this is certainly a good initiative, data protection should be front of mind each and every day. Data loss is an ongoing problem for organisations, with each incident delivering a harsh reminder of the perils of failing to properly safeguard confidential information.

Though organisations recognised the problem in 2008, the year ahead must see a more proactive attitude to data security. For Governments, this means putting the correct measures in place to protect citizens' data within the so-called "super-databases". For enterprises, this means creating robust data protection strategies to reduce the risk of reputational damage in an already turbulent marketplace.

Today's mobile culture means that passwords - traditionally deemed sufficient to protect information - are obsolete. Data is now the currency of the internet and organisational policies must reflect that. Going forward an enterprise wide approach to security must be taken which focuses on defending the data, not simply protecting the network. Encryption is key to this strategy and remains the most viable solution for enterprise data protection."
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