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BA faced with record fine following 2018 data breach - Netwrix comments

juillet 2019 par Netwrix

British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m following last year’s breach of its systems, which the ICO says is the largest penalty it has handed out under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Matt Middleton-Leal, general manager, EMEA & APAC at Netwrix has made the following comments in response :

“In the era of GDPR, vast fines such as the record penalty facing British Airways following its 2018 data breach are a new fact of life for big businesses that fail in their duty of care when it comes to protecting customer data. The ICO has blamed poor security arrangements for the amount of compromised information that was stolen. It certainly was concerning to see that such a significant amount of personally identifiable data was extracted – including passenger names, contact details and credit card details – seemingly before the organisation was able to identify the breach and intervene to prevent data loss or compromise.

“The aviation industry will continue to be a lucrative target for hackers given the wealth of personal information that airlines hold. This record fine will hopefully provide another reminder of the consequences of failing to secure it. Any companies yet to adapt their approach to security since the regulation came into effect, must do so without delay. Compliance with the standard can be achieved without major changes being needed to workflows. What is imperative is a change in mindset, with security front and centre when it comes to a business’s priorities.”

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