InfoSec: ICO warns on security impact of business budget cuts

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a stark warning on the data security dangers that can increase when businesses and public sector bodies make large budget cuts.

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a stark warning on the data security dangers that can increase when businesses and public sector bodies make large budget cuts.

David Smith, deputy information commissioner, told delegates at this week’s InfoSec conference: “Austerity measures can really impact data security. Just because people are hard pressed trying to get through everything does not excuse them from their legal responsibilities.”

He added: “The dangers can come with people being disenchanted and not taking the right steps, as well as some staff losing their jobs who may attempt to take revenge on the business.”

The “human” factor presented one of the largest risks, he said, warning that organisations were mistaken if they considered security as a technology question alone.

Smith also warned that poor movers and leavers policies within businesses also often presented a risk, with people able to access data that should be off limits.

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