Data breaches: how can they be prevented?

Data breaches are the second biggest threat to organisations after cyberattacks. Last month alone, 17,273,571 breaches were recorded.

What is a data breach?

A data breach is a security incident that can be accidental or deliberate and relates to sensitive, confidential or protected data. A data breach occurs when the data is accessed, altered or disclosed without the authorisation of the individual.

Your personal or customer information is valuable to cyber criminals. Increasingly the criminals are using multiple techniques to acquire the data including phishing emails and for many people it’s becoming more difficult to determine or recognise if an email is suspect. Just one phishing email can enable criminal hackers to steal more and more information about you and/or your organisation.

How the GDPR prevents data breaches

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organisations and individuals to take measures to ensure that personal data is processed securely. Every organisation needs to limit the risk of exposing personal data and protect individuals’ rights.

To protect themselves and the personal data they hold, organisations need to put in place a reliable cyber security system.

Our Data Flow Mapping Tool can help your organisation understand how it processes personal data. The tool is designed to simplify the process of creating data flow maps, which will help you meet the GDPR’s terms.

If you would like more information about the Data Flow Mapping Tool and how to conduct a data flow mapping exercise under the GDPR, please download our free white paper.

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