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Data breach of 400 pupil records at school

Data breach of 400 pupil records at school

posted in ProductProduct ● 17 Oct 2014

The ICO are investigating a school in Hampstead following the discovery of a data breach of 400 students. The spreadsheet had been publicly available for 18 months and included student names, their parent’s names, home address, phone numbers and email addresses. The data had been derived from a mail shot and had accidentally been placed in a shared area; consequently leaving students and their parents vulnerable to unwanted contact and worse as the type of information available could easily be used for fraudulent criminal activity.

The ICO are currently investigating correct action to take, of which a penalty up to £500,000 could be awarded.  In addition to a fine by the ICO, failing to comply with the Data Protection Act could result in the school having to pay compensation to the individuals involved, a reduction in Ofsted ratings and having to cope with damaging media attention. Information security is paramount in schools owing to the substantial amount of personal information they hold, which could cause serious distress if exposed.

It is imperative that schools spend time training staff and ensuring proper security procedures are in place for protection of data. This includes storing data in an encrypted format and ensuring regular change of passwords. Redstor fulfils the requirement for schools to securely share and store data with our Centrastor service. Centrastor provides secure remote access to data and addresses the risk of data leakage by offering users the ability to share files by time limited and project based rules. To find out more about our secure Centrastor service, please visit the webpage of our file sync and share service.

Redstor provide a range of cloud services designed with security and data protection foremost in mind. Our services are in use in over 10,000 organisations across the public and private sectors which is testament to the reliability and security we offer. Redstor help organisations address challenges in Offsite Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised device management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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