Paper based data breaches on the rise

Date: 2016-06-02

In the latest figures released by The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), loss and theft of paperwork has remained the most prevalent cause of data breaches for the period January to March 2016 (Q4). Data loss incidents involving paperwork have increased by 6% from Q3.

In the light of the recent figures, Russell Richardson are advising all organisations to follow these three simple steps for paperwork data protection: Secure it, shred it, certify it.

Specialists in secure document storage and confidential document shredding, Russell Richardson are offering organisations a free, no obligation visit from one of their experts to advise on protecting confidential documents and paperwork in your workplace.

Despite a 10% decrease in the number of incidents from the previous quarter, healthcare continued to top the list for the most data security incidents by sector with a total of 184 incidents.

Local Government and the legal sector saw the biggest rise in numbers of incidents from Q3, with increases of 34% and 32% respectively. 28% of the 25 incidents reported by the legal sector involved the loss or theft of paperwork.

The figures for quarter 4 data security incident trends are available to view in detail on ICO website.