A third of UK data breaches are due to theft

According to records from the Information Commissioner's Office, it has been revealed that a third of data breaches reported are accounted for by thefts - with a third of these being from the NHS.What hits us about this chart is not the (unremarkable) level of breaches - after all, this is only the reported ones - but the hign number that would have been preventable with effective internal control.

One has to wonder just what all those auditors and audit committees are doing - and why management clearly haven't woken up to the risk.

The giant NHS data spine will make this risk massively worse, with the threat of complete disculosure of all medical records becoming a feasible 'worst case scenario'. Time for NHS managers to wake up.