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Comments from Fujitsu - Beautiful People data breach

April 2016 by Fujitsu

Following the news that Beautiful People, an online dating site, has been hit by a 1.1m data breach, please see below comments from Rob Norris, Director of Enterprise & Cyber Security EMEIA at Fujitsu:

“Another day, another data breach – this time ‘Beautiful People’ is in the spotlight. This breach coupled with the huge Ashley Madison breach last year suggests that dating sites are still a focus area for criminals. The fact that 1.1m customer details were stolen in December and remained undetected until now highlights this is a continuing issue. The amount of data and confidential information that is transacted every day, coupled with the growth in reliance on digital services, means that every organisation in any industry is at risk. Businesses need to consider the stark reality that a data breach will happen and ensure they have appropriate defences in place, but also are ready for when an incident will occur.

“With consumers battling to understand the effect on their personal information if a company is hacked, there is no room for error. According to research from Fujitsu, only 9% of consumers believe British organisations are doing enough to protect their data. This means that organisations must not only ensure that they are using every possible method to protect customer data – from data encryption to robust firewalls – but they need to truly remain transparent with customers to instil confidence when it comes to data security.”

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