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The Rising Cost of Data Breaches

The cost of data breaches is rising: the Information Commissioner’s Office issued £1.8 million in fines during the 12 months to June this year, compared to just £431,000 in 2010-11.  Since then the big fines have continued, including: £250 000  to Scottish Borders Council, whose former employees’ records were found in a recycling bin; £175 000 to [...]

Shares in the maker/operator of Blackberry, RIM, fell by 50c on Friday following the loss of email service for many users in Europe and Africa.  This equates to a total loss of value of approximately $240m (or £150m).  Whilst the outage only lasted a few hours, and was much less widespread than the similar incident [...]

Recently published figures show that Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge cancelled over 320 operations (or surgical procedures) on or after the day of admission over the period April to July; up from only 115 for the same period last year.  There has historically been a tendency to see continuity issues in healthcare as being idiosyncratic and [...]

The new evidence released today about the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 is truly disturbing, but does it really add to our understanding of the crisis? The manifold failings of South Yorkshire Police were clearly highlighted in Lord Justice Taylor’s original report: “…although there were other causes, the main reason for the disaster was the failure [...]