The Impact of Human Error on Data Security and How to Prevent It

The Impact of Human Error on Data Security and How to Prevent It

In the digital age, data breaches often make headlines, highlighting how easily human error can lead to sensitive information being lost or accessed by unauthorized individuals. Despite advancements in cybersecurity, the human element remains a significant vulnerability. This article explores real-world examples of data breaches caused by human error, their ramifications, and how encryption technology can mitigate these risks.

Examples of Data Breaches Due to Human Error

Northern Ireland Data Breach (2019): An unsecured laptop from the Police Service of Northern Ireland was stolen from a car. The laptop contained unencrypted data of 200 officers and  demonstrated the risks of not encrypting sensitive information. Read more.

Greater Manchester Police (2012): The Greater Manchester Police were fined £120,000 after a USB stick containing the personal details of over 1,000 individuals under criminal investigation was stolen from an officer’s home. Read more.

Staffordshire University (2014): A laptop containing confidential information of 125,000 potential and current students was stolen causing the university to have to publicly apologise. Read more.

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Ramifications of Data Breaches

For Individuals: The consequences for individuals responsible for such breaches can be severe, ranging from disciplinary action to dismissal. Moreover, they may face personal legal liabilities and damage to their professional reputations.

For Organisations: Companies suffer both financially and reputationally. Data breaches can lead to hefty fines from regulatory bodies, legal actions from affected individuals, and a significant loss of public trust. Organisations must then invest in remedial actions, including notification of affected parties, enhancement of security measures, and often, public apologies.

Preventing Data Breaches: The Role of Encryption

Human error in handling data is a prevalent risk, but it can be mitigated with proper security measures, including the use of encrypted storage devices. No one wants to be responsible for a data breach, and with products like Integral’s encrypted USB drives and SSDs data security is more accessible and effective than ever. By investing in these solutions, individuals and organisations can protect themselves from the severe ramifications of data breaches.

Encryption ensures that even if a device is lost or stolen, the data remains secure and inaccessible to unauthorised users.

Integral's Encrypted Solutions

Encrypted USB Drives

Integral’s USB drives offer military-grade AES 256-bit hardware encryption, ensuring data remains secure even if the drive is lost.

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CRYPTO DUAL FIPS 140-2 ENCRYPTED USB

  • Dual Password
  • Certified To FIPS 140-2
  • Multi-lingual interface(26 Languages)
  • Rugged Triple-Layer Waterproof Design
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ENVOY DUAL FIPS 197 ENCRYPTED USB

  • Dual Password
  • Certified To FIPS 197
  • Multi-lingual interface(26 Languages)
  • Embedded Unique ID
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COURIER FIPS 197 ENCRYPTED USB

  • Single Password
  • Certified To FIPS 197
  • Multi-lingual interface(24 Languages)
  • Zero Footprint (No software installation required)

Encrypted SSDs

Our encrypted Solid State Drives provide high-speed performance with robust security features, making them suitable for both personal and professional use.

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CRYPTO MSATA III 

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated – Certificate No. 2586
  • High-speed Read/Write – up to 450MB/s & 350MB/s
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CRYPTO M.2 2280 PCIE NVME 

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated – Certificate No. 3970
  • High-speed Read/Write – up to 3400MB/s & 3100MB/s
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CRYPTO 2.5″ SATA III 

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated – Certificate No. 2586
  • High-speed Read/Write – up to 450MB/s & 375MB/s

Using these devices, organisations can significantly reduce the risk of data breaches, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations and maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive information.

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