By Ian Williams
29 May 2008
Nearly seven out 10 IT managers believe that data breach disclosure
should be compulsory in the UK, according to a survey by Secure
The security firm polled 103 directors at this year's InfoSec security
show in London in April.
Over 80 per cent of respondents said that data leaks by insiders,
whether deliberate or accidental, is at the top of their list of
Only 17 per cent cited external threats posed by cyber-criminals, such
as spammers and hackers, as more dangerous.
A third of respondents said that they had allocated budget to
strengthening internal security and auditing.
The issue of legally enforcing data disclosures is contentious in
Europe, as many believe that self-regulation is sufficient.
It has been suggested that the damage to an organisation's reputation if
it suffered a data breach and did not inform customers would far
outweigh the consequences of revealing the loss upfront.
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