From the yearly archives: "2012"

Bigger and better, the 2012 IP EXPO did not disappoint!

With leading IT experts providing network seminars to  IT security exhibitioners, providing advice and consultations on their services, the 2012 IP EXPO was bigger and better as thousands of industry professionals attended the two day event.

DiskShred are returning to stand F6 at the 2012 IP EXPO at Earls Court London.After great success at  IP EXPO 2011, The DiskShred team are returning to stand F6 at the  2012 IP EXPO this October 17th and 18th.  With exhibitors from throughout the UK attending in their thousands, the IP EXPO has quickly become the UK’s largest IT event.Our DiskShred team will be attending the two day event this October, providing expert advice and support to businesses in need of media destruction or hard drive shredding.

Visit the DiskShred stand on F6 this year to:

  • View our Shredding Video which portrays the full DiskShred service from start to finish.
  • Receive IP EXPO Special offers with are stand QR code. 
  • Speak to our expert staff on our market leading media destruction service and receive expert advice on;
Secure media destruction techniques
Shredding versus wiping
How to protect your company against data breach fines

If you are interested in visiting the DiskShred stand F6 and speaking to a member of our team at the event please register your interest by clicking the link below.

Register here

If you would like to speak to a member of the DiskShred team before the exhibition please call us on 08000805083 or send us an email to info@diskshred.co.uk

We are looking forward to seeing you…

Telecoms companies Eircom and Meteor have been ordered to pay €15,000 each to charity after the details of over 10,000 customers were compromised when two unencrypted laptops were stolen.

The companies were prosecuted by the Data Protection Commissioner before Dublin District Court today in relation to the data breach involving two laptops stolen from Eircom’s offices at Parkwest in Dublin between December 28th, 2011 and January 2nd, 2012.

The court heard information on the computers included customer details such as names and addresses and copies of proof of identity documents such as driving licences, passwords and utility bills. This had potentially exposed them to identity theft.

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The ICO published its top five areas for improvement for small and medium sized organisations. Charities and third sector organisations stand to benefit from a data protection ‘check up’.

With charities often handling sensitive information, such as individuals’ medical details, they are potentially more susceptible to encountering a serious data breach. This could result in the ICO serving the organisation with a monetary penalty of up to £500,000. However by using today’s top five tips and signing up for a free one day advisory visit, the ICO is highlighting the support available to help them keep their personal information secure.

Louise Byers, Head of Good Practice at the ICO, said: “We are aware that charities are often handling extremely sensitive information relating to the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people. With these organisations often lacking the money to employ dedicated information governance staff, there’s a danger that many charities may be struggling to look after people’s data.

The ‘Check up’ gives small and medium sized organisations the opportunity to discuss and receive practical advice from the ICO aimed at improving their data protection practices. The visits last one day and each organisation is provided with a short report summarising the ICO’s findings and providing practical advice on how they can improve.

Today’s top five list covers the main areas for improvement highlighted by previous advisory visits carried out at small and medium sized charities and third sector organisations. View it here today at http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2012/charities-urged-to-sign-up-for-ico-data-protection-check-up-top-five-tips-08082012.aspx

Organisations are learning the hard way what the consequences of handling personal information are, the Information Commissioner warned at the launch of the ICO’s 2011/12 Annual Report on 5 July.

The Commissioner’s comments came as the ICO imposed a civil monetary penalty (CMP) of £150,000 on the consumer lender Welcome Financial Services Limited (WFSL), after the loss of more than half a million customers’ details.

The latest penalty means that, since being given the power to issue CMPs from 6 April 2010, the ICO has issued 21 penalty notices, bringing the total value of the penalties issued by the ICO to over £2 million.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said:

“Over the past year the ICO has bared its teeth and has taken effective action to punish organisations, many of which have shown a cavalier attitude to looking after people’s personal information.

“We hope these penalties send a clear message to both the public and private sectors that they cannot afford to fail when it comes to handling people’s data correctly.”

While figures from the latest report show a slight drop in the number of data protection complaints referred to the ICO, there was a 43% rise in the number of complaints relating to electronic marketing, highlighting the public’s growing concern about unsolicited marketing calls and texts. The number of FOI complaints received by the ICO also increased by 7% during the past 12 months.

Further information can be found in the full copy and summary versions of the ICO Annual Report which are available on the ICO website. To learn about more fines issued by the ICO this year just read our DiskShred news page or sign up to our update list.

The ICO has published a new guide for small and medium sized businesses. The guidance provides a series of clear and practical steps which businesses can take to help make their IT systems safe and secure.

The guide includes a checklist, as well as more detailed advice on securing data on the move; keeping systems up to date; keeping an eye out for problems; knowing what you should be doing; and minimising the data you keep.

Welcoming the guidance, Mike Cherry, Policy Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

“Good IT and data security should be part and parcel of good business practice and businesses should think about the simple steps that they can put in place to achieve this. The guidance should help businesses do this.”

With the ICO already having served monetary penalties totalling over £2 million to organisations that have failed to keep personal data secure including the three recent fines on Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust (£325,000), Telford and Wrekin Council (£90,000) and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (£225,000), the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has reminded businesses that:

“Following this guidance is not just about minimising risk. Businesses that prioritise the safety of their customers’ personal data will have a real competitive advantage.”

Copies of the guide are now available – free of charge – on the publications page of the ICO website.

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Information Destruction conference and exhibition; “informative and interactive exhibition” says DiskShred sales manager, Richard McIlwaine- Biggins.

The British Security Industry Association’s Information Destruction section held its fourth Conference and Exhibition on the 30th May 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

Newly re-elected BSIA ID section Chairman, Anthony Pearlgood welcomed delegates and exhibitors and provided an overview of the section’s achievements to date, including its efforts in raising awareness on the importance of effective information destruction.

Richard Mcilwaine-Biggins,  from DiskShred, attended the event as a delegate and thanked the BSIA for hosting an “informative and interactive exhibition”: “It was a great opportunity to network with my peers and see some of the latest technology first hand. Any time out of the office has to be justified and this was time well spent.”

Thrilled with the positive outcome and feedback, Anthony Pearlgood commented: “The success of this year’s event demonstrates the appetite within the Information Destruction industry for a platform to share expertise and keep up to date with what competitors are up to.

The Belfast Health Trust has been fined £225,000 after thousands of patient records were found abandoned in a disused hospital. The Information Commission imposed the fine because the trust failed to secure confidential files at Belvoir Park Hospital, which closed in 2006.

The breach of data protection came after last year’s discovery of the records after thieves broke into a disused hospital, stealing sensitive personal data of thousands of patients, staff records including unopened pay-slips and posting some of these online including X-rays and scans, in an attempt to sell the material.

Belvoir Park Hospital in south Belfast was closed to patients in 2006 when a new cancer hospital was built at Belfast City Hospital. Belfast Health Trust took over responsibility for a new building in 2007 at Belfast City Hospital as part of a major trust reorganisation.

However, management failed to properly secure the building and the thousands of records inside it leading to the very serious incident – an incident that could have been easily avoided if the Trust took the correct procedures to protect patients personal data.

The Belfast Health Trust has accepted that it is “unfortunate” that the fine will be paid out of its efficiency savings – money which could have funded jobs, equipment or subsidised car parking fees.

This is the second fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this month. Following our news report on 1/06/12 of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust having been served with a Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) of £325,000 following a serious breach of the Data Protection in patients records.

To visit more on this story click the follwoing link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18497161

DiskShred has experienced a raging response from attendees and other exhibitioners interested in the DiskShred service following our recent attendance at the 2012 Datacenter Technologies Academy Exhibition at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel London on the 23rd May 2012. Our team provided advice and important information on our secure data destruction service, the benefits we can provide to them and the risks they take when not disposing of information securely.

We believe this success has come from our unique, specialised service that we can offer Data Centers and how we presented ourselves at the event. We presented our new Data Center Data sheets that gave attendees an overview of this service and details of what we could offer to them. We  also launched our new Data Center landing page at the event using a unique QR code. Thereby keeping our customers informed at the touch of a bottom and linking them to our social media site allowing them to keep up to date with our new services, upcoming events and company news.

Our Market leading DiskShred Company have approved accreditation from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

This is an exciting step forward for DiskShred to meet the needs and requirements of our customers. With a significant importance to security in the services we comply with the relevant British and European Standards and Codes of Practice.

What’s the importance to our customers?

Every Data Controller using an information destruction company is required to choose a supplier which provides sufficient guarantees of security measures, including destruction being carried out under contract and evidenced in writing. All BSIA Information Destruction companies offer this quality guarantee.

The BSIA highlights the importance of information destruction for businesses and the benefits of using a quality supplier. With identity fraud rising, sensitive information and data needs to be destroyed properly otherwise confidential details can be put at risk.

There are a range of additional benefits when using a BSIA Information Destruction Section member Click here to find our more about BSIA and DiskShred.