ICO offers data security advice

ICO offers data security advice

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a new guide that aims to help businesses protect the data they have been entrusted with.

A layered approach to security is proposed by the organisation as one product cannot guarantee the safety of all the information present within an organisation, particularly following the recent growth of bring you own device (BYOD) in the UK.

As more and more personal devices are being used by employees, sensitive data is often taken away from the office where it can be protected.

Many data breaches that occur are often a result of a personal device being lost or stolen.

Mike Cherry, policy chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "Good IT and data security should be part and parcel of good business practice and businesses should think about the simple steps that they can put in place to achieve this."

In order to protect against this, businesses have been encouraged to implement software, such as mobile device management, to wipe information from smartphones and tablets should they be lost or stolen.