Data security is about more than 'just encryption'

12/07/2012

Data security is about much more than simply encrypting data, according to a digital security expert.

Matt Torrens, director at sproutIT.co.uk, a company which supports the evolution of networks, hardware and software in the legal industry, underlined the importance for data controllers to secure private and confidential information.

"Data security is obviously pretty far-reaching, it's not just encryption, it's passwords and shared computer systems, Windows updates and antivirus protection," he said.

"It's not just down to the data controller in practical terms, it's down to the IT department to actively pursue those safeguards."

Mr Torrens added that a data breach can significantly damage a company's reputation as they often go around like "wildfire" after being widely publicised in the press.

The Information Commissioner's Office can issue fines of up to £500,000 per individual data controller for a data breach, with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust recently slapped with a £325,000 fine for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act.