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
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
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