PA’s John Skipper, a data regulation expert, has been interviewed by the Financial Times on the topic of data security for smaller companies. As the article explains, small companies are not usually the victims of large-scale hacking organisations due to the relatively small amount of data that they possess. Although this means that they can get away with having less online security, it is still important that small businesses are protected to a certain degree.
John says: “Data protection is also much easier for small companies, because the executive team is likely to be a lot closer to customers and better able to understand the sensitivities of their data and the need to keep them safe”.
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On the topic of data security advice for much large companies, John explains: “The growing black market for data also means employees can be tempted to sell them. Looking for unusual patterns in data handling can be a good way to spot this, such as someone accessing lots of records quickly after colleagues have gone home”.