The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently announced that it will be publishing a register of data breaches and cyber investigations. This move has been met with both praise and criticism.
On the one hand, the creation of this register is a welcome step towards greater transparency in the handling of data breaches. It allows individuals to see if their personal data has been compromised, and it also serves as a warning to organisations that they need to prioritise data protection and security.
However, some have argued that the publication of this register could unfairly tarnish the reputation of organisations that have suffered a data breach, even if they have taken steps to mitigate the consequences and prevent future breaches from occurring. There is also the concern that the publication of this information could discourage organisations from reporting data breaches, for fear of attracting negative attention and damaging their reputation.
Overall, CyberSolace believes this is a welcome step to induce organisations to adopt a more transparent approach, about data breaches and cyber failures, towards their clients and business partners. In numerous occassions we do witness cyber-attack victims trying to hide the occurrence of a serious breach, or water it down, in order to avoid reputational damage whilst putting the interest of clients and business partners in a secondary degree of importance. Perhaps the ICO’s newly published register may force better behaviours towards transparency as well as proactive shoring of cyber hygiene.

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