ICO Report: Audits a Badge of Honor
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) released its annual report yesterday, which states that more companies should offer themselves up for voluntary audits, The Register reports. Last year, there were 603 reported data breaches, and 186 occurred in the private sector. Of those businesses, 19 percent accepted the ICO's offer for a free data protection audit. In the public sector, 71 percent agreed to the voluntary audit, the report states. "These audits are not about naming and shaming those who are getting it wrong. The fact that a company has undergone a consentual audit should count as a badge of honor, showing that the business takes data security seriously," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham.