UK private firms reluctant to free data security audit by ICO

UK private firms reluctant to free data security audit by ICOThe UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that more private firms should come forward for free data security audit so that the risk of breach could be reduced.

The data watchdog’s comments emerged after statistics revealed that only a round a fifth (19%) of private firms agreed to a free data protection audit by the ICO.

According to the ICO, a total of 603 data breaches were reported in 2010-2011, but private businesses accounted for only 186 of them.

On the other hand, 71 per cent of the public sector organizations agreed to a free data protection audit.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said that private businesses were the top sector for reporting data breaches, but many of them were still resisting ICO’s offer to undergo audits.

Speaking on the topic, Graham said, “We've written to organisations we consider to be at high risk but the response has been disappointing.”

As a part of the Data Protection Act, UK businesses are being pressurized by the ICO to make sure that employees’ personal information is separately identified from business information.

Recently, a security expert warned that UK businesses should be aware of a spate of Olympic-themed malware.