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Life’s a Breach

February 26, 2018

Data breach preparation and response guide released.

 

Last week, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner detailed the release of the document: Data breach preparation and response — A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

 

Despite the title feeling like a document in its own right, this is a vital tome from the Australian Government—one that is focused on digital privacy for all. It is predominantly useful for Australian Government Agencies, but is applicable to all Australian organisations—and ultimately all Australians.

 

The document is concerned with identifying what a data breach is, what steps can be taken to prepare for one, and what can be done if one occurs.

 

So, what is a data breach?

What an excellent question! And we’re glad you asked. Put simply, a data breach is any situation where a customer’s privacy or sensitive information is compromised while under another organisation’s watch.

 

Who does it affect?

A data breach affects all parties involved. And, trust us, it is no party. Most directly, it affects the customer or customers involved. But it obviously has a wider impact than that—specifically to the company involved and the wider-reaching community.

 

What can be done?

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. It is best to have as many preventative measures in place to prevent any kind of data breach. On top of this, it is imperative for an organisation to have a Data Breach Response Plan, which the guide outlines.

 

What is the best reaction to a data breach?

In an increasingly dangerous online world, it is inevitable that data breaches are going to occur. Hackers are getting more and more skilful at breaching defences, and the best approach an organisation can have is to try and stay one step ahead. If a breach does happen, the organisation needs to be transparent, and notifying the breach to the relevant authorities is paramount. This is to ensure as little further damage as possible.

 

Click here to have a look at the guide, and remember to stay safe online. Common sense and vigilance should always apply when dealing with your privacy.

 

And if you’re really unsure how to be more careful online, just ask yourself: what would Batman do?

 

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