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Here is our round-up of the key data-security stories from a year that taught everyone a hard lesson: namely, that procedures and processes for handling and securing data need to be taken as seriously by organisations as their processes for handling and securing cash.

The HMRC data breach

Story of the year. Catch up here on all of key coverage of this watershed moment in public sector security.

Government review calls for stiffer data breach penalties

More fall-out from a bad year for government security

IT departments biggest source of data leaks, says research

IT managers: it is time to get your house in order

Marks & Spencer warns 26,000 staff after laptop theft

It wasn't just the public sector getting things wrong

Nationwide fined £1m for inadequate security

This penalty related to the theft of a laptop the previous year. The FSA wasn't best pleased

Government: We have no central register of lost computers

Sounds to us like a must-do project for 2008

The TK Maxx data breach

This was actually the biggest data breach of all in 2007. By the end of the year the number of breached credit and debit card records by climbed to about 100 million

Laptops are the weakest link, says IDC

One analyst group trying to make sense of data security risks, as the global tally of major data breaches starts to mount

More data lost by US veterans agency

Data security is not the strong point of this US government agency, which in May 2006 lost 26.5m veterans' records

Government data woes deepen as 3 million records are lost

After losing 25 million records, the government was then forced to come clean about this earlier breach. Oh dear