ICO warning to businesses to securely encrypt data

Thu, 03/10/2013 - 08:49
Data Backup

London based loans company, Jala Transport, have been fined £5,000 by the ICO for not properly encrypting its data. The ICO is encouraging small businesses to treat this as a warning that they must ensure that any data which could "cause clear damage and distress to the customers affected" be properly protected. Jala Transport lost an unencrypted hard drive containing 250 customers' data which included names, addresses and financial information. The hard drive was inside a briefcase alongside £3,600 cash and other business documents which was stolen from the business owner's car.

 Initially the ICO enforced a fine of £70,000 but due to the financial state of the business and the fact that the breach was voluntarily reported, the fine has been lowered. Had the data stored been securely encrypted, the loss of this data would not have left customers exposed to potential identity thefts and the company would not have been in breach of the Data Protection Act.

As a business, can you risk not securely encrypting your data? The consequences spread further than expensive fines, these types of data breaches result in long term reputation damage as well. Redstor is 100% privately UK owned and based, and can guarantee your data privacy will not be breached. We store data in 2 geographically separate and highly secure UK data centres and your data is encrypted prior to transit, so only you can access it. Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor’s offerings and we promise full compliance with the Data Protection Act.

Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor's offerings and we promise full compliance with the Data Protection Act. Redstor’s offsite backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our secure cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective endpoint 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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