The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fined UK public sector bodies more than £2m in 2012 for inadequate data handling practices.
As we approach the third year since the Data Protection Act came into force, such instances of malpractice are expected to increasingly come to light in the private sector as well as in the public sector.
Last year's draft European Data Protection Directive presents a significant opportunity for the channel as enterprises need help to ensure their devices are encrypted and compliant.
The directive will mandate that organisations must notify national supervisory bodies of serious data breaches as soon as possible – within 24 hours, if feasible.
Those organisations that are deemed not to do enough to protect personal data may be fined up to two per cent of their global annual turnover, which is much more than in current UK legislation.