According to London-based international law firm Linklaters, GDPR data breach notifications on the rise across Europe, study finds – Linklaters analysis shows 66% rise in notifications over the past year despite fall in the UK
Across major European markets there has been an average increase of data breach notifications of 66% compared to Y1 of the GDPR.
The number of breaches reported is only impressive because of growth. What’s more interesting is the type of breaches reported. Pre-GDPR, many of these could have remained private. According to this report, the top sources for a breach are hacking and scams, sending emails to the wrong people (likely CC instead of BCC), loss of unsecured devices and inadequate security on internet available data.
In three out of four key breach sources, the cause was improper security basics – lack of security awareness, lack of security management, weak password and weak hygiene standards. The result is three out of four GDPR notifications were entirely preventable, if a little more time had been spent on cybersecurity basics.