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ICO Fines Still Waiting To Bite

Ipswitch : 19 October, 2010  (Technical Article)
Ipswitch comments on the delays in administering penalties from the Information Commissioner's Office for data breach offences
Six months on from the introduction of £500,000 civil monetary penalties for data breaches, the big promised penalties have yet to be used by the Information Comissioner's Office. Jonathan Lampe, Vice President of Product Marketing at Ipswitch File Transfer, notes massive delays in signing the new fines into law. Delayed for over six months, until just before the election, civil monetary penalties are a partial solution to current data security problems.

"Most of the really big organisations that routinely undertake large data transfers now have their major business critical data processes sorted out. That's not to say that the era of the big breach is over: our survey of IT managers at Infosec this year showed that big business still falls down at the level of individual workarounds, where employees need to do 'off the cuff' data transfer."

"The information security goalposts have moved. Along with people exploiting workarounds in big organisations, it's small and medium businesses that now pose the threat to sensitive data: for these organisations and individual data handlers, a half million pound fine still seems like a remote possibility."
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