The diverse nature of data breaches

There have been two data breaches to note in the news in the last week or so that show the diverse nature of the causes of leaks, and the risks they pose to businesses and their customers.  The perception is that data breaches are targeted malicious attacks by criminal gangs, but this isn’t always necessarily the case. First to hit the headlines was Tesco’s Club Card data leak. This wasn’t…

How old data can come back to haunt you

The recent media coverage of the Barclays’ data breach (http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240214060/Barclays-under-scrutiny-after-leak-of-27000-customer-records) shows that even older customer data from defunct businesses and subsidiaries can have real value if it should fall into the wrong hands. For a well-known brand, a data leak like this is hard to stomach, particularly if its customers have suffered financially. But the bigger consequence is one of trust and reputation which we all know takes a lifetime…