Security pros demand jail time for data breaches

Security pros demand jail time for data breaches

US-based software security firm Websense has carried out a global survey of over 100 professionals at this year’s e-Crime Congress, with one fifth of respondents agreeing that jail is the only punishment to fit the crime.

The study uncovered industry-wide views on  present policies and consequences of major data breaches. Most of those who responded (98 per cent) feel that the law should step in when it comes to customer data leaks as a result of negligence or breaches.

Most agreed that a fine is an adequate punishment, but close to 20 per cent feel that board members and CEOs should spend time in jail.

The headline news that recent breaches have attracted has caused firms to adopt a more serious stance on cyber security. However, professionals are still concerned that the majority of staff will go on using WiFi that isn’t secure for commercial communication. One third confessed that that they would resort to non-secure WiFi should the situation call for it.

Websense’s strategy and information security officer, Neil Thacker, said in his email sent to SCMagazineUK.com:

“The more we talk about the issues and share the common techniques used to breach organisations and abuse, steal or damage data, the better. With the increasing data deluge that will only increase with the Internet of Things […] organisations have a tough challenge ahead.”

Employers taking cyber security more seriously are taking a huge step in ensuring that their customer data remains secure. Opening up cyber security jobs to professionals trained in dealing with breaches would be the best way to achieve that step.

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