Tags: Data

145 million accounts stolen thanks to use of employees log-in details

The reputational damage to eBay could hardly be greater. Every single one of its 15 million British users is being required to change their passwords following a security breach. One would expect that a company as large as eBay would have fairly stringent security measures in place. So what kind of highly sophisticated hacking techniques…

Christian Toon: What the daily commute could mean for your data

The latest intelligence on Al-Qaeda, a high profile Child Protection report and plans for policing the London 2012 Olympics; three very different documents with two things in common: firstly, they all contained highly confidential information and secondly, they were all left on a train. In each example, an inquisitive fellow commuter picked up the folder,…

Big business failing to get to grips with big data

An overwhelming majority of senior executives across the world’s largest organisations accept that their long-term business success will be based on mastery of the growing amount of data at their disposal. Yet despite recognising its value, less than 1 in 10 believe they are in a position to make use of the information held on…

Amanda Le Gros: Do You Have an Emergency Talent Pool?

Employers and recruiters from all sectors across the UK will have to rely on their emergency talent pool every now and then. It’s your ‘go to’ source for urgently required professional candidates; normally met through networking and often a selection of previous applicants who didn’t quite hit the mark. Maybe you’ve exhausted yours and it’s…

Overwhelmed HR struggles to recognise the power of talent data

According to SHL’s Global Assessment Trends Report 2013, 77 per cent of HR professionals do not know how workforce potential is affecting the company bottom line and less than half of organizations surveyed use objective talent data to drive business decisions. The study of nearly 600 HR professionals worldwide, suggests that HR is overwhelmed by the…

Do your employees exit your company with confidential data?

A survey by systems security provider, Symantec, found that 53% of company employees do not believe businesses suffer any harm if they take data belonging to a company when they leave it. Its report said: “Over half do not believe that using competitive data taken from a previous employer is a crime. Employees attribute ownership…

Retention of personal information on state database contravenes peaceful protesters’ human rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will today (Tuesday 29th January) intervene in a human rights case at the Court of Appeal involving an 87-year-old protestor who says his right to privacy was breached by the police retaining information about him on a national extremism database. Mr John Catt, who had not committed, nor been…

Employees using mobile devices increases risk of data loss

3.1m of the UK’s workforce have unintentionally lost work data from their work device over the last year, either through malfunction or corruption according to new research by Kroll Ontrack. Employees accessing work information from a remote device within UK businesses is at an all-time high, with 10.3m employees now using persona laptops, tablets and…

Third of job-seekers untroubled by privacy issues

A new survey by Hays suggests that more than a third of job-hunters don’t believe employers would look at their social media profiles. The survey of over 770 people revealed that 36% of respondents thought employers wouldn’t attempt to view their profiles, and therefore made no changes to their social media habits when job-seeking. However…

Outsourcing personal employee data cost council £250,000 in penalties

A Council whose former employees’ pension records were found in an over-filled paper recycle bank in a supermarket car park has been fined £250,000 for the data breach. Scottish Borders Council employed an outside company to digitise the records, but failed to seek appropriate guarantees on how the personal data would be kept secure. That…

Many businesses not using IT solutions to cope with big data explosion

One in ten businesses yet to deploy enterprise search tools to achieve faster, more effective decision-making Almost one in ten (9%) businesses have yet to adopt any enterprise search tools, as they struggle to find the information they need within the business. At the same time, more companies are using open source search platforms such…