Ofcom has experienced the largest data breach it’s ever faced after an employee offered private data on TV companies to his new employer – A major broadcaster. Ofcom has sent letters to a number of affected TV companies informing them of the breach. You can read the full story here. Here to comment on this news is data protection expert Luke Brown from Digital Guardian.

Comment from Luke Brown, VP and GM EMEA, India and LatAm

“The Ofcom incident just goes to show that regardless of any defensive perimeter security, without taking steps to secure the data itself organisations can still fall victim of a significant data breach. Unfortunately, spotting cyber security incidents that arise from within a company can be particularly tricky, as the perpetrator may have legitimate access to sensitive data. One answer is data-aware security technology, which in the case of Ofcom, could have prevented, or at the very least, recorded that the employee had downloaded and copied sensitive data without approval or permission. This news should act as a warning to other businesses that they must start taking the problem of the ‘insider threat’ seriously.”
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