Ministry of Defence reports 18% growth in data loss incidents

The Ministry of Defence reported more than five hundred data security incidents in 2019-20, with seven serious cases passed on to the ICO.

According to official figures from the Ministry of Defences' (MoD) annual report, personal data loss incidents have increased by 18% during the 2019-20 period compared to the previous year.

The UK Government’s Defence Department revealed that there were 546 reported incidents where critical data was lost, disclosed without the correct authorisation or disposed of insecurely. Seven out of this number were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as serious breaches and investigated further.

The data contained in the MoD’s annual report showed that 454 of the data loss incidents were related to unauthorised disclosure of data and 49 were related to the loss of electronic equipment, devices or documents from within government premises. 19 were related to the loss of equipment, devices or documents from outside government premises and one was related to the insecure disposal of paper documents.

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