What is a data breach?
A data breach is when there is unauthorised access or disclosure of personal information that could result in serious harm to any individual.
It could also result in loss of information and be difficult for businesses to remediate.Although it is not mandatory to report all breaches to the commission it is important that you consider notifying those affected and are demonstrating that you have a process in place to ensure minimal damage to any individuals involved. Reporting to OAIC is a great way to show accountability and importance of protection to those individuals.
If you are unsure if it is mandatory for your business to report data breaches you can find out here.
There are a lot of reasons a data breach might occur, human error being one of them, however, malicious and criminal attack is the most common and health service providers were at the top of the list to be attacked with 117 reported breaches. When we consider the type of information that is potentially accessed can we confidently say that we are doing everything we can to avoid potential attacks?
Can you determine the right time to report a breach?
If you are concerned about the level of security at your workplace contact us
It is much easier to know you are doing the right thing with security instead of trying to fix it when it goes wrong.