Sophos joins forces with Field Fisher Waterhouse to help promote safe data protection policies

Sophos Press Release

As regulator is given new powers to enforce fines for data security breaches, firms team up to help organisations

IT security and data protection firm Sophos has teamed up with law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse to help organisations avoid the serious consequences linked to security breaches and data loss.

This comes at a crucial time - since 6th April 2010, the ICO has new powers to fine organisations up to £500,000 if they are in serious breach of the Data Protection Act.

With data loss prevention and privacy issues currently a huge concern for many businesses, Sophos and Field Fisher Waterhouse aim to educate companies about the risks related to IT security and data breaches. In the event of a breach, the companies will direct organisations through the incident response process in order to improve their position amongst regulators as well as avoid brand damage.

Leading data security lawyer and partner in the Privacy and Information Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse, Stewart Room, said: "Data breaches and data security are of increasing concern for both public and private sector organisations. We are working with trusted IT security experts Sophos to advise companies on how to avoid data breach incidents, as well as help them deal with the aftermath and potential consequences."

In addition to the Breach Action website, an online repository of information offering advice on data security issues, Sophos and Field Fisher Waterhouse aim to educate organisations by holding bi-monthly data protection breakfast briefings, security forums and publishing a selection of whitepapers.

"Sophos applauds Field Fisher Waterhouse for taking the issue of data security seriously - as stricter laws come into play, organisations will require guidance in terms of how they can mitigate the risks by implementing the right technologies," said Ciaran Rafferty, VP UK&I, Sophos. "By educating businesses and providing practical solutions, Sophos and FFW can help organisations to combat the prospect of having to deal with regulatory investigations, loss of clients and reputational damage."

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at www.sophos.com/company.